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TalkBack Central: Open-source fans close ranks

Here's a lesson I learned back when I was knee-high to a Wang: When writing in a public forum, avoid giving readers the impression that you're denigrating their religion, Canadian citizenship or platform preference.

Here's a lesson I learned back when I was knee-high to a Wang: When writing in a public forum, avoid giving readers the impression that you're denigrating their religion, Canadian citizenship or platform preference. Consider the unhappy example of my colleague, PC Week columnist John Taschek, whose recent remarks characterizing open-source development as an amusing example of civil disobedience in the tech sector but a commercial dead end unleashed a steaming dog-pile of opprobrium from Linux supporters great and small. Read the column. -- Matthew Rothenberg, ZDNet News

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