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Dec 13, 2000, 08:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Some people just like Linux because it's better. And while they are convinced that Open Source software is superior, they're not beyond taking advantage of what they call the benefits of closed-source software."

"For example, several people from the Suncoast Linux user's group (SLUG) in Florida responded to the question: "How many just enjoy Linux as a hobby, or maybe even as part of a career, but are not dead set against proprietary software/OSes (you wouldn't consider disowning your child if he/she decided to become an MCSE) -- and how many see Linux and other Open Source software as part of a philosophy to change the way the world 'does' computer software (and you definitely /would/ be upset if your child decided to become an MSCE)?"

"One might expect a typical response to be similar to this one from a SLUG member known as Smitty: "In my company, open source operating systems are required. It is policy. Linux and the BSDs are the only ones we will use."

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