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eWeek: John Taschek: I have a bone to pick with enthusiasts

May 15, 2000, 18:53 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"This is the story of two dogs. One was an annoying Pomeranian, the other a German shepherd. They were separated by leashes that yielded a DMZ of about one foot. The Pomeranian continually baited the shepherd to attack, which it gladly did-at full speed-only to be yanked back to reality with minor spinal injuries. Then one day, the shepherd broke its leash and bit the Pomeranian in half. The authorities then put the shepherd to sleep."

"I'm the Pomeranian. Open-source fanatics are the shepherd, and the businesses that actually run this country are the barbiturate-carrying vets...."

"Bob Young, chairman and founder of Red Hat, launched a personal attack that could only come from a person who has seen nearly $1 billion of paper wealth disappear in a matter of weeks. Perhaps I was wrong, and this industry is being beaten into a defensive trench by monopolies that push their agendas down everyone's throat, stifling nascent, struggling startups."

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