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ZDNet: The great Linux Rush of 1999

Apr 19, 2000, 15:23 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Since I stated that we were moving into what I called the post-FUD era, not much has happened to surprise me. The kind of competition Linux is getting from Microsoft, conventional Unix vendors, and even other free operating systems is par for the course and can be addressed by the community. There's nothing wrong with some healthy rivalries, whether friendly or not. They help keep the Linux world moving forward, and either matching or bettering its competitors whenever it can."

"But the kind of reporting that has been spewing forth as a result of the Linux stock free-fall isn't FUD, it's just garbage. For example: The Ottawa Citizen, one of the few English-language media outlets which covered the recent Linux Expo in Montreal, offered a fairly nasty report which used the show's anemic attendance coupled with Linux company stock woes to proclaim the demise of "the fading kingdom of Linux."

"This strain of thought is insane, and to me sits just on this edge of irresponsible. It doesn't plant fears about Linux's reliability or usability. Instead it tries to use true but irrelevant information to paint Linux as a fad, the product of a hype machine that has spent itself and will now politely go away and leave the old status quo in place."

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