"Here's a lesson I learned back when I was just a tiny tech
writer cutting his teeth on an Ivory Soap-sized Mac mouse while
visions of eight-bit displays danced through his head: When writing
in a public forum, avoid giving readers the impression that you're
denigrating their religion, Canadian citizenship or platform
"Consider the unhappy example of my colleague, PC Week
columnist John Taschek, whose recent remarks characterizing
open-source development as an amusing example of civil disobedience
in the tech sector but a commercial dead end unleashed a steaming
dog-pile of opprobrium from Linux supporters great and
"Some writers struck close to home when defending their
open-source turf: 'Open-sourced Apache runs this site,' Seattle's
Lada Buringa wrote about ZDNet News' server infrastructure. 'But
apart from that, you are right. Oh, and Sendmail, and Netscape 6,
and Zope, and PHP, and Samba, and MySQL, and GCC and Python. ...
But apart from those, open source hasn't delivered a thing.'"
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