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ZDNet: Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolves?

Dec 15, 2000, 08:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"Last week my ZDNet colleague Mary Jo Foley asked publicly why Linux backers don't fear its new big friends. With many members of the traditional high-tech industry jumping on the open source bandwagon -- including IBM, Intel, Dell and others -- she wants to know why Linux users aren't protesting. Or predicting doom. Or even complaining."

"Elsewhere, some contemplate the (rather silly to me) notion of Microsoft getting seriously into the Linux OS market, wondering whether Redmond's influence would disrupt the current open source dynamics. Feedback was understandably incredulous, but hardly fearful."

"It doesn't really take long to understand the lack of fear, once you understand why Linux even exists."

"Simply put, the movement towards free and open source software and the associated shift in power is bigger than IBM, HP, Compaq, and Sun all rolled up together. It's a social movement that is slowly but surely changing the way that people develop software and think about their computers."

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