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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in February 2004

Microsoft Vs. Linux: The Best Outcome Is No Winner

2/25/2004
Microsoft has faced some tough competition before, but what's particularly challenging about Linux and open source is that, this time, Microsoft isn't just competing with another product and company - it's competing against a whole different business model. The competition is exciting, and can only benefit users of both Microsoft and open source.

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Linux's Biggest Problem? Neither Microsoft nor SCO

2/21/2004
Microsoft isn't Linux's biggest problem, and neither is SCO. Linux's biggest problem is the perception that the Linux community is a bunch of dreamers. A whole package of other assumptions goes along with that perception: that Linux is anti-business, that the Linux community doesn't care about profit and private property and that members of the community don't have what it takes to succeed in the real world.

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Linux on the Desktop: "Better" Isn't Good Enough

2/11/2004
Advocates of Linux on the desktop talk about Linux replacing Microsoft Windows, but of course, that's not the way the computer industry works. Users don't replace what they already have. PCs, minicomputers and Unix servers didn't replace mainframes, even though the vendors of those systems kept insisting that was going to happen any day now.

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Extremism in Defense of Linux Must Be Condemned

2/4/2004
I've been doing a bit of Googling today, and I've discovered that there's something missing from the statements by Linux leaders about the MyDoom attack. It needs to be said: Vigilante action is wrong. The author or authors of the MyDoom virus should be prosecuted with the full vigor of the law.They are villains, they should be thrown into prison and made into examples to make the entire community of computer criminals afraid.

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IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
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