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Why is ZDNet Asia Reporting a Linux Identity Crisis?

Sep 25, 2007, 21:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"More times than not publicity, given open source software by major news/information outlets, proves a mixed blessing. Part of the reason is that we've reached an inflection point of awareness as it relates to open source software. The topic continues to be mentioned enough such that I can talk about the basics with my mom and have her follow along quite well. However, there is nothing near a solid understanding of open source that can remotely qualify as pervasive. When combined with the fact that strongly held bold opinions, i.e. flamebait, tends to attract more readers than in-depth, factual analysis, the result is the proliferation of articles like the one from ZDNet Asia which 'reports' that there is a Linux identity crisis.

"Since I actually commend Don Reisinger's effort to tackle the complex subject of categorizing the inherently distributed and diverse Linux community, I won't spend much time debunking or critiquing his views..."

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