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osOpinion: Linux and the Supermarket of Ideas

Mar 13, 2001, 06:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"A few days ago I was doing something of no great interest to anyone else, even me, and the thought struck me quite unexpectedly that I knew the base business plan of all Linux companies."

"I was shopping in a local supermarket. What are the common features of all supermarkets -- or all produce markets for that matter?"

"Would it surprise you if I said it was the fact that most of their stock-in-trade is common to all supermarkets? In other words, you can buy potatoes anywhere and they are still potatoes. You might prefer a particular type of potato for your particular style of cooking, but those potatoes can be bought at your local supermarket, or another supermarket if your particular type isn't stocked."

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