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NewsForge: How to Read Linux Reviews

“Once upon a time, reviews related to GNU/Linux and free
software in open source community publications and Web sites were
candy-coated. We were amazed that things actually worked, even if
making it work required hacking makefiles and configuration files,
compiling from source, and getting your hands dirty in other ways,
and gave everything glowing reviews. Today, we expect that
everything should work properly the first time, every time, but
still, things don’t always work out as planned. Yet some readers
seem to expect journalists to hide the dirty laundry of poorly
designed software and badly supported hardware.

“When I choose a product to review, be it hardware or software,
it’s because I think it’s cool…”

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