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NewsForge: Open Source is Not a Business Model

Dec 26, 2000, 23:59 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"We hear a lot about Linux advocacy. LUGs are big on it, and there's even a mini-HOWTO about how best to snag new converts. In the vein of religiosity, many big companies have an on-board, full-blown Linux evangelist. Just look at Bruce Perens' new gig at Hewlett-Packard. But what are these evangelists and advocates telling everyone about Linux and Open Source?"

"And while they tend to focus on user-level evangelism, what about convincing businesses to adopt a Linux model? Are they getting the right message? Is it the truth, and nothing but the truth, or is it the airbrushed version? After all, LUG members and 'luminaries,' as a recent CNET article called Perens, are not necessarily your best sources of neutral, fairly judged information about GNU/Linux."

"Adam Beberg, the CTO of Mithral Communication & Design, Inc., is not afraid to be brutally honest about Open Source."

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