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Linux Journal: Crossing the Desktop Linux Chasm in San Diego

Feb 04, 2003, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"Then [Keith Carmody, President of Lindows.com] addressed the keynote and vendor-neutrality issues:

"My opinion was simply that Michael would be a better speaker to open this show. All the Linux companies combined had contributed only $2,000 in sponsorship fees; we will spend around $100,000. Only four of the Linux companies agreed to any sponsorships, and they all picked the lowest one, $500. They then lose their minds because I wanted Michael to open, just like he did every MP3 Summit, which was paid for by MP3.com.... See why we just stay out of this silliness? See why we never start these utter waste of time debates?

"I brought up the issue of mutual respect. He replied:

"We have plenty of respectful communication on our web site... but many in 'the community' simply refuse to a) take the time to hear what we have to say or b) refuse to believe us no matter what we say. That's fine, but we will continue to spend our time being productive. Debating with those who disagree with us produces zero new products and zero good for Linux..."

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