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Re: [SuSE Linux] Letter to editor.... keeps Linux on the badlist
- From: ozyman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Allen Carpenter)
- Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 11:13:16 -0600
- Message-id: <36FBC02C.5C91C4E7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Karsten Johansson wrote:
> I am a consultant mainly working in Network Security, and do about 900f my
> work with Linux. Actually, it used to be about 50% but now that Network
> Associates has ported Cybercop Scanner to Linux, its usability has increased
> greatly for me.
> One thing I have noticed is that there is a very severe dislike for Linux in
> the corporate business world. Linux bashing is becoming very popular, led by
> the Microsoft ringleader himself, Bill Gates. Its success is to the point that
> nowdays I can only tell my clients I use "Unix" because as soon as I say the
> word Linux, most company directors get a sour taste in their mouths.
> What is the reason for this? How is it that Microsoft bashing Linux is so much
> more widely accepted as truth? This is simple: there is a major difference to
> how Linuxies argue their stance that will always keep Linux number one on the
> public blacklist.
> Microsoft and other Windows-folk continue to call Linux by its proper name.
> Why it is that Linuxies prefer to use names like Windoze, Microshit, Internet
> Exploiter, etc, is beyond me. This is an annoying "feature" very particular to
> Linux and FreeBSD that is virtually nonexistant to the professional operating
> system world (SCO, IRIX, Solaris, etc) And there are constant references about
> Microsoft users being somehow inept or stupid. Offending people in this manner
> only serves to make us Linuxies all look very childish.
> There are several operating systems that are far superior to Linux, but you
> will not hear them bashing Linux with childish nomenclature reminiscent of the
> neighborhood children sticking out their tongues and calling you silly names.
> I do not believe that the letter as posted to the editor of the NT magazine
> will work to persuade anyone that Linux is anything but the OS of choice for
> hobbyists and mouthy teenagers. Too bad, because other than the fact that it
> appears to have been written by someone in grade 7 with a nasty attitude, it
> holds more than a grain of truth. Having been written by an adult (or at least
> sounding like an adult, as the case may be) this letter would serve the Linux
> "community" much better.
> I've been in the industry long enough to know that if you talk like a child,
> your opinion is accepted as a child's opinion. Even Microsoft users know
> Karsten Johansson
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