"It has become a familiar refrain: In order to gain all
the clout it so richly deserves, Linux needs more users. All the
petition campaigns in the world for hardware makers to provide
Linux support for their scanners or video cards disappear into
insignificance when compared to sales figures demonstrating that
the gadget that has Linux support sells better than the one that
doesn't. And to gain those figures, users are needed.
That is, of course, just one of the perpetual discussions that
take place in the online fora where Linux is discussed. Linux
adherents engage in more discussions, debates, and feuds over
doctrine than you'd find at a school of comparative religions. This
is great, and great fun; I enjoy it as do many others. Thing is, as
compelling as a flamewar over the number of angels that can dance
on the head of a Gnome might be, it doesn't really move things very
far along. ("OH!" thinks a certain part of the always contentious
Linux crowd at this point. "He used the word 'Gnome.' How can I
construe that to be a slam? Well, he uses KDE and likes it, so that
must mean that any mention of 'Gnome' is a slam. I'll just add
gratuitous and ad hominem -- got to remember to find out some time
what ad hominem means -- as modifiers and post it all over the
Meanwhile, in case you hadn't noticed, Microsoft Corporation is
showing signs of coming a little bit unglued. They've shipped off
to OEMs a version of Windows, the question about which is not
whether it will be liked but whether it will be tolerated. Steve
Ballmer has taken to appearing onstage and jumping around and
screeching like some sort of hairless, out-of-shape King Kong, his
bulging midsection rolling in waves that under the right harmonic
conditions could trigger an earthquake. (Watching him, it's not
clear whether he has taken the Caligula route or is hedging his
bets and preparing for a second career in arena evangelism or the
senior division of the WWF.) The Justice Department, contrary to
predictions, is still all over Microsoft as if it were a Colombian
drug cartel (as opposed to a Columbia River bad software cartel).
People still use Microsoft software -- it's what came on their
machines -- but an increasing number of them have come to mistrust,
and rightfully, the Borg of Redmond. And those ads, which were
designed to put a human face on Microsoft's server products,
instead announced to the world that Microsoft software keeps track
of what you buy. Then there were those little SirCam and Code Red
problems -- which is worse? An infection that sends your private
documents to addresses all over the Internet, or an infection that
does its best to keep anything from being sent over the Internet?
-- and those are just this summer alone.
In short, Microsoft Corporation is as vulnerable as the biggest
corporation in the world is ever likely to become."
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