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Jul 06, 2001, 00:33 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

After spending some time with the horsey crowd, Dennis E. Powell has a new outlook on all the issues facing the Linux world. Reflecting on issues like Caldera's per-seat licensing plans and Adobe's legal wranglings with the KIllustrator developers, he comes to a simple conclusion: Linux and the Internet are not the center of the universe, and it would behoove us all to take a break.

"There's news, too, that Adobe has unleashed some pettifogger on a poor KDE developer, demanding 2,500 euro (about $16.25 U.S.) because people might confuse KIllustrator with Adobe Illustrator, which might happen if those people are utter idiots unable even to identify the operating system they are using. I guess that Adobe, which has gotten slapped around pretty vigorously by Microsoft, who rolled over Type 1 as if it didn't exist, needs a puppy to kick. (Yes, I know about vigorous defense of trademarks, but this is ridiculous and stupid, and now that it's getting publicized may well blow up in Adobe's face, as it should.)"

"The new alternative Caldera refugees mailing list is seeing a lot of traffic, but it, like its SuSE 'off-topic' predecessor, makes things more confusing -- if all my mail is dumped into the same mailbox, the headers need to be watched so I know to what list I'm replying. Looks as if I have some filter writing to do."

"All, somehow, tempests in teapots. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the tomato plants have blossoms that too long from now will be tomatoes. The outside world exists. The Internet, computing in general, are not the center of the Universe."

"Amazing. I've decided, and I recommend it: Take a little time and do something else. It makes the horizon recede considerably."

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