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osOpinion: Concerns for a Growing Linux Community

Jan 26, 2001, 07:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Revill)

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"Recently while strolling through my regular IRC channels, an interesting thought occurred to me. I was on #linuxhelp having a discussion with some fellow users about the future of Linux on the desktop."

"It was then that it suddenly occurred to me that being in this community was something special. This tightly knit group of individuals all work in unison to meet a common goal. Without trying to sound overly corny, I realized that ours is a community that aims for a brighter future for all computer users alike."

"I began to think of the future and the possibility that Linux might expand outside what many might otherwise consider its back room server-side confinement. I wondered how this increased exposure would affect the community of which I have grown to be a big part."

"Because Linux is developed by volunteers and supported primarily by individuals in both chat rooms and newsgroups, I wondered what would happen to our beloved Linux community if this sudden market share increase were ever to occur."

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