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ZDNet: Open-source fans close ranks

May 04, 2000, 11:26 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Rothenberg)

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"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 preference."

"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 small."

"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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