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Not So Big
David Post and Bradford C. Brown argue that "Internet" should continue being capitalized because it's the big one, the TCP/IP Internet, even though there are other "internets" defined as links between other networks ("The Next Small Thing? No, In A Word ," April 14, p. 88; brown.htm). Surely the fact that this is one of many would argue in the opposite direction. When another phenomenon of equal impact comes along, they point out, we'll probably starting calling this "the TCP/IP internet," just as we refer to one company's "intranet" as one of many intranets in many companies.
Jim Hoekema
Principal Consultant, Hoekema Design & Editorial, Newburgh, N.Y.

The Linux Advantage
If you have a large base of installed software, inertia pushes you toward leaving it be. However, I've found StarOffice on Linux to be more stable than Microsoft Office on Windows, so you save effort down the road ("Linux Lags On The Desktop," April 7, p. 66;

Training? Yes, a real Office power user is going to need to learn how to do things with new software. But users need to learn as each version of Office comes out, too.

Linux isn't for everybody, but it can reduce costs on the desktop and the server. It's also a good development environment and is flexible. This may lead to big wins as people discover what they can do with a computer. You never know who might be a budding developer.
Stuart Krivis
Systems Administrator, APK Net, Cleveland

Morality Lesson
What Bob Evans has to say is relevant to many aspects of our society, not just IT ("Let's Remake The Future, Not Relive The Past," April 7, p. 84, I'm an architect and a senior member with the Civil Air Patrol, serving as the moral leadership officer. This piece is applicable to everyone, and portions will be shared to teach moral issues and leadership skills for kids ages 10 through 19.
Edson Baker
Senior Architect, Tadjer Cohen Edelson, Silver Spring, Md.

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