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IBM's Power Moves

Feb 06, 2008, 22:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"A classic Hollywood movie scene is the panoramic shot of a lone horseback rider, out on the grassy rolling plain. The horse stops, fidgeting. At first, all the horseman can hear is the sound of the gentle breeze under a stark blue sky. Then, a sub-aural rumble fills the air. Growing louder, the horseman stands up in the saddle and squints in the direction of the sound. We, in the audience, look, too--and leap out of our skins when dozens of bad guys come roaring over the nearest hillock, right at our hero.

"Variations of this image have appeared in many films, and it was the first thing to spring to mind when I read the Sydney Morning Herald interview with Linus Torvalds on Tuesday morning. In the article, Torvalds was asked to give his opinion on Windows Vista and Mac OS X. And oh boy, did he..."

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