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Linux.com: Inflection Path

Dec 06, 1999, 18:55 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"The stock market has now purified the minds of many Linux skeptics. Linux is now legit. Unfortunately for us, the wrong legitimacy is dangerous. Much of the legitimacy we've gained in the eyes of the public is not purely based on merit, but on money."

"The average person on the street couldn't tell you exactly what Linux is supposed to be, but they'd proceed to tell you how Red Hat's stock is doing. Usually with a lament something along the lines of, "I wish I had gotten in earlier."

"Now is the time to educate everyone on exactly what we are about. Use the frenzy on Wall Street to our best advantage. The community has a golden opportunity to exploit the public's current curiosities. When one of your non-Linux friends or relatives relates to you a story they heard on the news about a sky-rocketing Linux stock, give them the deeper truth hidden behind, rather than hype."

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