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LinuxPlanet: Linux Criticism Revs Up

May 20, 2004, 21:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Miller)

"The SCO lawsuit might have been the first significant shot across Linux's bow, and although it never really succeeded in slowing down Linux's growing popularity, it marked the beginning of many such attacks on the operating system's credibility.

"Over the last several months, the level and tenor of the criticism of Linux has ratcheted up as more stories appear in the press about possible issues around intellectual property rights, security, application compatibility, the total cost of ownership and a whole host of other issues.

"Just this week a new book by Kenneth Brown was announced that is highly critical of Linus Torvalds and Linux. This raises the question: is this merely a whisper campaign meant to generate fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in the public's mind regarding Linux, or do the critics have a point...?"

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