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It's the End of the Life as We Know It and Linux Feels Fine

Mar 29, 2010, 22:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Since we live in an entropic universe, things end. Heady stuff for a Monday morning, I will admit, but just keep drinking that coffee, you'll catch up.

"That endings happen on a regular basis is nothing new; we see evidence of change and chaos every day. We just don't like to talk about it. Endings can make us jumpy, sad, angry. Who likes saying goodbye to a visiting friend, or watch the last game of the season?

"Which is why, I think, people have such strange reactions to end-of-life notifications for open source software. Let's see if we can't put people at ease a bit. Veterans of software development might think this topic is a waste of time, given their expertise. I have to wonder though, given the recent reaction in the community when Oracle posted a normal end-of-service-life policy page about OpenSolaris back in February. People who should have known better, to put it in technical terms, freaked out, thinking OpenSolaris was about to go to that great decompiler in the sky."

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