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Linux Journal: Killing Off Linux: It's All Academic

Sep 19, 1999, 14:51 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)


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"Cash-strapped universities are striking deals that could shut down UNIX and Linux servers in academia--and the consequences aren't healthy for the Open Source movement."

"Want to murder a tree? You can hack away at the branches and leaves, but you probably won't do much damage. It's much easier to simply take out your Bowie knife and cut a ring all the way around the tree's base--just deep enough to cut off the flow of sap. Most of it's concentrated near the surface, just beneath the bark. No sap? Dead tree."

"Now, don't go out and start slaughtering our tall leafy friends. I'm making a point here. If Microsoft's plans for colleges and universities pan out, the tree-death scenario is precisely what's going to happen to UNIX-like operating systems in general (and Linux in particular)."

"Here's the argument in a nutshell. As you'll see, UNIX's long reign in the halls of academia nourishes the Open Source phenomenon. But cash-strapped college and university computing administrators are cutting deals with Microsoft--and not surprisingly, the Redmondians are pressuring schools to move their servers to NT. The likely result? UNIX (and Linux) could well become an endangered species on campus. Such a development could cut off the nourishment that's helping to keep the Open Source movement alive."

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