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Upside: Mandrakesoft CEO defends Linux

Jan 10, 2001, 13:31 (6 Talkback[s])
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"...For Linux to succeed on the desktop, the people who need to like it don't care about open source or packages or GNU," writes Volz. "All they want to know is that it works and that it's easy to use. They don't want to be overwhelmed about options." (For full story, see "Linux Is Too Much.")

"I put the question to Poole: Does Linux need to be slimmed down? Poole, the co-founder and former chairman of Internet services firm Vivid Studios prior to his work with Mandrakesoft, doesn't think so."

"People said the same thing about the Internet in the early days," he says. "They said the Internet should be streamlined, that it was too much. Obviously, things need to be simple for users, but I don't think restricting choice is really the answer."

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