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May 03, 2000, 10:41 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Basil Lalli)


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"Warning: This article is not against Microsoft, for Linux, or both, or neither, or vice versa. If you want to bash or advocate either OS, go to an open forum. In case you haven't noticed, this is a Linux site."

"We have a problem. I think it was about when kernel 2.2 came out. Suddenly, Linux wasn't a little toy anymore. It wasn't the brainchild of a gifted programmer anymore. In about 2 months, Linux went from the Internet's little secret to the newly christened warrior against Microsoft and the proprietary world. People flocked to it like lemmings to a cliff; they had no idea what they were in for. The media swarmed Linux, as if it has some divine power just because it's open source. GPL became the magic word; you were nothing in Linux if you didn't have that COPYING file somewhere in there. Newbies became the majority, which turned out to be where I think we went bad. Then came the god-awful word I don't think anyone wants to hear, 'Average Joe.'"

"Then, companies realized something. They found out that people pissed off with Windows and MacOS would like Linux. Despite the fact that Linux is just too much for ol' Joe here (The mere presence of the word "system administrator" should have been a big hint), corporations could get Joe to use Linux, or at least try to. So, companies popped up. They advertised and sold Linux, gave customer support, and put the open source part on the back-burner, using it when people questioned their motives. They took 'a robust, complex networking OS' to mean 'a simple, easy-to-use single-user OS.'"

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