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LinuxWorld: Perceptions of world domination - The origin of the phrase 'world domination by 2003'

Mar 30, 2000, 18:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"One thing that both builds and reflects community is language. The Linux community is no exception. Even though Linux is global in nature and its users speak virtually every language on the planet, some words and phrases that have become a part of Linuxese transcend the mother tongue."

"Penguinista is a good example. Coined independently by at least two members of the Linux community, Xavier Basora and Brent Toderash, it is becoming a part of Linuxspeak...."

"World domination" is an earlier, better known example that also reflects the spirit of the Linux community, from Linus Torvalds to the most recent convert from the Realm of Darkness, and that's the one I want to write about in this column. As ESR (Eric S. Raymond) wrote recently, "The way Linux hackers use the phrase 'world domination' is what science-fiction fans call 'ha-ha-only-serious.'"

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