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Penguinista.org: Desperately seeking disclosure statements?

Jul 14, 2000, 15:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brent Toderash)

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"Volley no. 1 came from TUCOWS Linux Webmaster Chad Simonds, who said that Linux reviews were bought rather than earned. Volley no. 2 came from ZDNet and said - well, not much other than "What else is new?" Slashdot is still discussing the matter."

"The accusation was made against smaller Linux publications - probably including the likes of Penguinista.org, though not us specifically. I wouldn't stop there, though - but I'd be a little more suspect about certain non-free operating systems and software, especially if the manufacturer of said product(s) is(are) a major shareholder in the publication doing the review. No names mentioned, of course, but we Penguinistas call it the "Lapdog Press." Such reviews should always contain disclosures to indicate if any consideration was received, whatsoever."

"Free review copies are provided by book publishers and software companies, and have been for aeons. ...Gutenburg probably gave away review copies of the Bible... but are good reviews "bought" for Linux distributions? Hard to imagine when most of the product is free anyway. ... Journalistic integrity. Disclosure. Such things should apply to all review articles, recommendations, studies, surveys - on second thought, there may be a story in here somewhere after all. But trust me, it's not a story about a $30 "freebie."

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