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TheLinuxGurus.org: The Success of Linux: Credibility and Responsibility

Oct 06, 2000, 08:25 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Culp)

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"I recently read an article on osOpinion entitled The Failure of Linux: Credibility and Responsibility" written by someone who calls himself Monty Manley. As to whether that is a real name or not I do not know. In the article Monty puts forth the idea that Linux is a failure because of a variety of reasons. I would like to respond to some of those reasons put forth [by] Mr. Manley."

"Much of the beginning of the article tells of Mr. Manleys programming experience and work ethic. Mr. Manley claims to work on systems where a failure could cost someone his life, though never really tells us what he does. He also claims that in the beginning he liked Linux and now finds NT a better alternative, though never gives technical reasons (or any reasons) for his decision. His first major hit against Linux occurs with this statement...."

"I believe what has happened is that Mr. Manley has made one of the classic blunders when talking about free software, confusing the meaning of the word free. Free software means freedom, not free of cost. Many people forget this when they talk about software being free. If you are calling me a freeloader because I believe software should be free as in freedom of speech then go ahead, but I have no problem paying for software at a fair price either. However, it seems in today's world fair price means $500.00 or more for an application that is buggy and late. Then, you have to pay an additional $250.00 when the upgrade/bug fix comes out, I have had cars that cost less!"

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