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Just saw Linux on Washington, D.C. Channel 9

Jul 29, 1999, 13:25 (9 Talkback[s])
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David Walser writes:

I just saw Linux mentioned on Channel 9, Eyewitness News, the local Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate.

Actually the main piece of the short garbel was Microsoft's amazing (disgusting) success story, and they were pondering if any company could ever match it. The mentioned Amgen. Then they said a small bit about "a small North Carolina company named Red Hat." They quickly showed a Linux booth from some show, in the half-second shot I saw a t-shirt, two guys, and a lotta penguins. Then they showed a RH6.0 box coming off the production line and they zoomed in on it. They pondered if Linux could be the next big competitor to MS. Then they mentioned how MS has killed every competitor in the past "leaving them dead in their path." They forgot to mention that MS isn't exactly competing with a company this time, so their old tricks won't work.

That kind of angers me, because this may have been the first (albeit very short) exposure some people have to Linux (and the idea of an alternative OS in general) and they way they crafted that one-minute bit may make people pass it off as nothing serious because "MS is gonna kill it like everything else." Oh well, just thought I'd mention it, I was kinda surprised to see Linux on the news, really. It was nice. I guess it really is getting into the spotlight.