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ZDNet/Yahoo!: Bad economy's good for open source

Mar 27, 2001, 16:06 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"Now that the economy has encouraged computer technologists to re-enter reality, it's time to take a look at how open source will weather the downturn. A prolonged bad economy will be bad for everyone, including open-source programmers. It will be especially bad for those who work at companies whose business models are based on Linux."

"Although Linux deployments will continue to grow, many companies that are simply resellers of the operating system will fade away, leaving their programmers to find other work."

"There's good news, though. For one thing, this change will give the dogmatic Linux fanatics a dose of reality. It's flat-out wrong to get hyped up over an operating system. Those who have found religion with their pet operating system should seriously rethink their values."

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