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Jul 19, 1999, 04:52 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Views from a technical support desk. Workers take brunt hits from angry customers; and there's nothing they can do as it was an upper decision. As Linux become commercialized, will this whither [sic] the Linux spirit?"

"Linux faces a major barrier for acceptance in large institutions and corporations. There is a structural feature within these organisations that precludes a paradigm shift. Despite the flattening of management levels over the past twenty years, communication between levels is poor and remains as a variation of buck-passing."

"the single largest barrier to free software adoption is this stultifying atmosphere of technical conservatism and ignorance in organisations -- these organisations will become the last bastions for proprietary software, like Windows, to be found anywhere."

"This market power can not be underestimated for it may create a critical impediment to free software's acceptance. Microsoft can and will maintain its end-user stranglehold by proxy through corporations..."

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