Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2005 16:32 UTC, submitted by Valour
Linux "There is a lot of confusing information about the GNU/Linux operating system, open source and free software, and related issues in the press today. Many of these technologies and concepts are difficult to understand because they deviate from the standard historical traditions of the software industry. There are also a number of sponsored reports and other corporate propaganda published around the Web that smear the image of Linux and free software. In the interest of making a few basic concepts clear, this article will bring light to the darkness perpetuated by uninformed journalists, campaigning CEOs, and misleading advertisements."
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Nice article
by archiesteel on Mon 19th Dec 2005 17:37 UTC
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2005-07-02

Well thought out, balanced, and avoiding any of the usual pitfalls. A must-read for suits everywhere...

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RE: Nice article
by Accident on Mon 19th Dec 2005 17:50 in reply to "Nice article"
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2005-07-29

I agree, well balanched.

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RE[2]: Nice article
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 19:37 in reply to "RE: Nice article"
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Actually, it's not balanced at all.. It's clearly written by someone with a pro-Linux / anti-Windows agenda.

I especially like the point about "I can't run MS Office if I switch to Linux" and how he claims that crossover office can run it.

Actually, CrossOver office *cannot* run Office 2003, and even OfficeXP is virtually unusable under it because of performance problems and serious bugs that render many of its features unusable.

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RE: Nice article
by CodeMonkey on Mon 19th Dec 2005 21:30 in reply to "Nice article"
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2005-09-22

I would not agree that it is fair and balanced at all. Now many of you really like GNU/Linux and strongly dislike Microsoft and so you not only agree with the article, but quite like it as well. And that's fine. I just don't think it's "fair and balanced".

That's like my mom saying she likes Fox News because it's fair and balanced. She's a pretty hardcore republican so she likes what they have to say and really agrees with almost all their views. But that definitely doesn't make it fair and balanced. Fox News is as right-wing as it gets.

It just seems like the theme of the article is (w/ the exception of the SCO point):

Myth: Something about how Linux/FOSS is bad and MS/Closed-source is good.
Truth: Wrong, MS/Closed is band and Linux/FOSS is good.

While there's nothing wrong with this sort article, I would tend to be more careful about labeling it something it's not simply because you like it and agree with it.

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RE[2]: Nice article
by Simba on Mon 19th Dec 2005 22:28 in reply to "RE: Nice article"
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2005-10-08

I agree. This article is not at all balanced. It is blatently obvious that it is written by someone who is very pro Linux and very anti-Windows.

I actually find it kind of amazing that anyone could try to claim the article was balanced and keep a straight face while making the claim.

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RE[2]: Nice article
by archiesteel on Tue 20th Dec 2005 17:27 in reply to "RE: Nice article"
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2005-07-02

I do think it is balanced, as it does not claim that Linux is good for all situations. It even says that Windows Server 2003 can be a better choice in some situations.

You can dispel anti-Linux FUD and still be balanced.

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RE: Nice article????
by on Mon 19th Dec 2005 22:36 in reply to "Nice article"
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This article is basically Linux propaganda.

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RE[2]: Nice article????
by archiesteel on Tue 20th Dec 2005 17:28 in reply to "RE: Nice article????"
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2005-07-02

No it's not. It simply dispels myths spread by Microsoft and its shills.

It's not propaganda if it's the truth, you know...

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