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Linux.com: Pessimism at LinuxWorld Misplaced

Sep 28, 2001, 12:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rudy De Haas)

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"Many of the comments emanating from LinuxWorld in San Francisco at the end of August seem subdued, even depressed, as if somehow the money is gone, the excitement is over, and only the hopelessly loyal are left to fight on. That's nonsense, the future of Unix, including Linux and FreeBSD among others, has never been brighter with all of the needed technological pieces now in place for a Unix takeover of most corporate computing.

That Unix is better, cheaper, faster, and more reliable than Windows does not suffice as the basis for nation-wide defenestration (the throwing out of Windows). For that to happen we need a cultural change, a massive social movement in which non technical people shift their allegiance from one set of ideas about computing to another.

The emotional basis for that change, the anger and resentment users feel about dealing with shoddy products, ever escalating costs, and companies (or systems departments) that couldn't care less about the customer, is solidly in place; but the alternative vision, the set of ideas that crystallize the issues and precipitate action, is not."

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