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Linux Journal: Just What is "Linux Hysteria"?

Jan 05, 2000, 06:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

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"New report purports to go "beyond Linux hysteria" but misses much of forest for trees."

"Sudden success almost always produces a certain delirium--both for those profiting and those merely watching in awe. Sudden success also tends to produce new conventional wisdoms, upon which a whole new set of fictions can be erected. New World Orders, New Economic Paradigms, etc. were variants of some of the more popular ficciones of the nineties."

"So, in many ways, a brief published by Forrester Research that attempts to look beyond the Hindenberg-like stock valuations of Linux companies like Red Hat...and VA Linux Systems...is a welcome voice in the continuing conversation on the fate of companies looking to make money on the open source operating system. But while the Forrester Brief presents a few valuable reminders about open source business models, its overall understanding of the Linux phenomenon is limited to Linux proper and fails to see the more important connection between Linux and open source."

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