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Linux in Limelight
Eat this quote from the latest issue of BusinessWorld on an article
about the new economy :
Today, as transactions and communications become digital, the concept of
the traditional value chain is losing relevance. Take, for example, Linux.
In 1991, Linus Torvalds, a computer scientist at the UNiversity of
Helsinki, put out a kernel of a computer operating system called Linux, on
the net. Torvalds made an open offer to other programmers to have a go at
Linux: they could download it for free, use it, work on it, and modify it.
Many took up that offer. But within three years, the Linux community had
grown by leaps and bounds and had developed one of the best versions of
Unix ever created. Linux isnt just a loose affiliation without an economic
logic. There are now commercial entities like RedHat which are feeding off
the original Linux creation.
Thomas Mallone, a professor at the MIT's Sloan School of Management, who
tracked the development of Linux says that in an org like Microsoft none of
this would have been possible without a lack of back and forth activity.
Funds would have had to be allocated, teams would have had to be formed,
turf battles won, before a product - possibly inferior than Linux - would
see the light of the day.
Thus keep the community strong and for God's sake stop the *make money*
LUG of Kanpur
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