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LWN: Fun with the press; a remarkably bad week for Linux reporting

Dec 07, 2000, 16:13 (2 Talkback[s])

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"This last week has been a really remarkable one for awful Linux reporting. We're going to look at a few examples to show just how misrepresentations of Linux reflect a misunderstanding of what we are about, and how they can be damaging. Before we start, however, we'll put in the customary plea: if you choose to respond to the authors of any of these articles, please do so in a polite and factual manner. Flaming will just inspire more bad press in the future. See the Linux Advocacy HOWTO for practical suggestions on how to deal with the press."

"The above is an impressive array of negative press. Such press, however, has been most notable by its absence. Windows, after all, probably sees more attacks than this on its best days. We can probably expect to see more negative press as Linux continues to gain users and mindshare. Consider it an opportunity to see and respond to the misunderstandings of Linux and free software in general."

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