"In my last post I argued that desktop Linux has slim prospects
for ever becoming more than a niche alternative to Windows unless
it can somehow come up with a viable business model. Free as in
beer doesn't cut it. Judging from the reader responses to that
post, it looks like some Linux fans are joining Tom Cruise and
Peter Graves in taking on an impossible mission. They are betting
that Linux can succeed simply by beating Microsoft in the
marketplace of ideas, without getting real traction in the more
humdrum marketplace of dollars and cents. But this is not going to
happen. The software market regrettably does not belong to that
fantasy world where Hollywood scriptwriters make the rules (when
they're not on strike), where superspy heroes are rescued from
impossible situations with a clickety-clack of the keyboard..."
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