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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: The suck factor

Aug 15, 2000, 21:46 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"...I'd like to step back a moment and have a look at what appears to be a new wave of criticism launched against Linux, major open source projects, and indeed the entire concept of open source. ... First, let's get the head-on hostility out of the way. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and even His Billness have each checked in with the press reporting their different spins on the Linux threat. Their bluster was common, the approaches unique."

"First we have Ballmer saying Linux has the characteristics of Communism. Could one imagine hotter hot-button words from an American? ... The most useful thing to come out of Ballmer's comment was the lack of general response to it. ZDNet didn't have it online, nor did Slashdot. No reams of "How dare he!" replies. Ballmer's comment is now just accepted as part of the Microsoft approach to doing business -- noted, and bypassed. This, to me, is indeed a sign of maturity on the part of the Linux community."

"While it's not as nasty, Bill Gates' insistence that Linux is not gaining on Windows in China is also a fun read -- when you're through with that, come back to reality. Not only is Linux holding its own in China, it's even possible to suggest a domino effect that could see other countries embracing open source."

"In any case, it's clear that Microsoft brass are tackling Linux head-on. Considering this, it's surprising to me that good old-fashioned FUD (I like this definition of the term) continues with a vengeance. Heading this charge is the anti-Linux poster boy, ABC's Fred Moody. Moody's manipulation of security statistics to portray Linux as "the worst operating-system product in history" was so warped that the site that produced the statistics did its own rebuttal."

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