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LinuxWorld.com.au: What's Linux without Microsoft?

Sep 05, 2001, 15:45 (26 Talkback[s])
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"For some in the open source community, the forces of software development have come to resemble the age-old paradox of Yin and Yang, which states that light does not exist without dark and there is no good without evil.

According to luminaries who subscribe to this philosophy, and who spoke about it last week in San Francisco at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, the mere presence of Microsoft Corp. has played a big role in the development of the Linux operating system and other open-source projects. Indeed, for some there could be no Linux without Microsoft.

'This balance of action and counter action is absolutely critical,' said Dirk Hohndel, the co-creator of the XFree86 open source project and former chief technology officer at Linux distributor SuSE Linux AG. 'It makes people innovate.'"

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