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Linux.com: Software Development in the New Millennium: Preventing Gales of Derisive Laughter

May 10, 2000, 10:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Thorne)

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"Recent events have put Red Hat and Microsoft under the microscope of public examination from the discussion of security holes in some of their offerings."

"As public scrutiny of Microsoft and other software companies increases, it's clearly apparent to me that the "traditional companies" have no idea whatsoever how to publicly account for their actions. It's almost laughable how they come up with spin that sounds so hollow in light of their recent actions. It's funny how we can call a 20-year-old company in a 30-year-old industry a "traditional" business."

"It must be hard days indeed for the Microsoft Public Relations department and the consultants they hire. Can you imagine the meetings going on: "The engineers did WHAT? Fire their sorry asses." "We did, two years ago." "What can we do to make this blow over?" "Pay some of our tame journalists to jump on something, anything that comes up for Linux or Sun." "Will that work?" "I don't know, but I'll be fired too if I don't have some plan."

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