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Upside: Penguin payola

Jul 17, 2000, 08:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"You know the dog days of summer are here when reporters and editors have nothing better to do than complain about rival media organizations."

"Chad Simonds, webmaster for Tucows Linux, gets credit for kicking off this week's most interesting flamefest with his article bemoaning the lack of objectivity in most online software reviews...."

"Simonds said MandrakeSoft wasn't the only company trying to trade free software for favorable press. He recounted an episode in which a Tucows staffer received a free copy of an unnamed Linux product. When the reviewer wrote a piece pointing out both the good and the bad, Simonds says he promptly received an email from the company, asking, essentially, "What gives?"

"[The software maker] said we should have given his software a better review, rather than pointing out all the errors," Simonds said."

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