October 4, 2000

Opinion: Linux is a failure

Author: JT Smith

OSOpinion: "When I first began using Linux (an early Slackware distribution), I remember thinking that it was a good-but-not-great Unix. Six years later, that caveat still holds true: it's a good-but-not-great Unix. But it happened that Linux became a lightning rod for many other forces in the industry: the rise of the Internet, the waning of Microsoft's power and the emergence of the "appliance" computer. Add to this heady brew the whole "Open Source/Free Software" philosophy, lard it with lavish media attention, and what you have is a big billowing cloud of hot air with a tiny kernel (pun intended) at its center." -Kelly McNeill


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