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osOpinion: LinuxCare Must Survive

May 05, 2000, 04:46 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David C. Manchester)

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"The formation of Linuxcare, and its mission gave essential marketing credibility to the Open Source model (and to Linux in particular) at a critical time in the development of the enterprise market. It gave IT managers a place to go for help in their intrepid task of introducing Linux into their large corporate environments. So I view it as essential that this firm, (or another that can make and execute a workable business model for this vision), to survive."

"Linuxcare gives credibility that, if something breaks, help is available (on a more cost-effective basis than from MS), and gives IT managers the chance to actually train their staffs in skillsets not wedded to a treadmill. In a system that works without reliance on secret code."

"Linux offers stuff that works. With MS platforms, it's an excuse a minute, bogus error messages, intentionally arcane and obscure conventions, closed-source, peonage and enslavement both virtual and real, for individuals, systems, nations, and the enterprise. That's why I say it is crucial that Linuxcare, or something very much like it, survive."

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