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ZDNet: Open source is here to stay [Red Hat's Bob Young responds to John Taschek]

May 03, 2000, 15:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Young)

"I feel badly for PC Week's John Taschek ("Open source is an open road to nowhere"). Not understanding one of the biggest shifts in the industry since the PC in the early '80s is a career-limiting mistake for a journalist who specializes in covering technology."

"New technology models don't succeed if all they offer is better, faster or cheaper alternatives to the established market leaders. They have to offer benefits to the user that the old technology model could not deliver. The PC was not better, faster or even cheaper (on a per-user basis) than the mini-computer of the late '70s. But it did deliver benefits to its users that minicomputers could"

"The misunderstanding that John is suffering from is illustrated by his completely unsubstantiated claim: 'Open source has gained so much momentum without showing any goods. It's a dot-com -- all hype and speculation and no fundamentals.'"

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