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[News] Another Restaurant Analogy Favouring FOSS or GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Another Restaurant Analogy Favouring FOSS or GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 15:32:45 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
The open source dilemma and the IT sandwich

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| r0ml also outlined how he has taken steps to overcome this situation at 
| Asurion by empowering staff to create their own solutions using commodity 
| building blocks and a few simple rules. It was heartening to see how many 
| other IT executives in the audience had also made moves in the same 
| direction, and given advances like Amazon Web Services it seems likely that 
| more and more enterprises will deliver at least some of their IT like a deli 
| in the future.       



'Fortune Cookie Chronicles': 40,000 egg rolls... to go

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| Luddite me made a surprisingly funny joke to two techies after reading 
| Jennifer 8. Lee's delightful The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the 
| World of Chinese Food. "McDonald's is to Microsoft as Chinese restaurants are 
| to Linux," I chirped confidently. My friends at first couldn't believe what 
| had just come out of my mouth – technology and I do not get along – and then 
| they couldn't stop laughing.     
| For those of you still scratching your head, here's Lee's more thorough 
| explanation: "If McDonald's is the Windows of the dining world (where one 
| company controls the standards), then Chinese restaurants are akin to the 
| Linux operating system, where a decentralized network of programmers 
| contributes to the underlying source code. The code is available for anyone 
| to use, modify, or redistribute freely."      


Linux for everyone

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| I found myself just enthralled by the breadth and depth of the tools that 
| were available from Linux, even in those very early days. It’s like going 
| from living in the desert to walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet.  


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