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NewsForge: Tiemann's Keynote at EclipseCon

Feb 05, 2004, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann kicked off Day 2 of the conference portion of EclipseCon this morning with his keynote on the 'Eclipse Tipping Point.' He started with a well-aimed barb at a well-known monopoly. Referring to a New York Times story which asserted that PowerPoint makes you stupid, he told the audience as he began his talk 'This is Open Office. I'm going to make you smarter today.'

"For those not familiar with Malcolm Gladwell's 1999 book 'The Tipping Point,' Tiemann spent some time describing what a tipping point is. He described Paul Revere's famous ride as an example, and Linus Torvalds and the rise of Linux as another. He also quoted Victor Hugo to make his point: 'Invading armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come...'"

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