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Internet radio exec: donât mention Linux!
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| Speaking at the launch of the touchscreen Pure Sensia
| digital radio, director of marketing Colin Crawford was
| pressed for specifics of the new deviceâs software. But
| after his CEO reminded him that the new radio was based on
| a Linux OS, Crawford remarked: âI donât like the using the
| word âLinuxâ on a radio.â
| Why did the Scot in the sharp suit go queasy at the very
| mention of Linux? His reluctance may be borne out of
| perceived consumer antipathy towards versions of the open-
| source operating system. PC retailers have largely
| retreated from Linux-based netbooks following reports of
| consumer confusion and a marketing onslaught from
| Microsoft, which has persuaded manufacturers such as
| netbook pioneer Asus to drop Linux in favour of Windows XP.
Microsoft's risky, misleading ad campaign
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| Campbell's so slick, I wouldn't be surprised to see him out hitting the
| campaign trail for Microsoft's OOXML efforts.
| Regardless, there are still uneducated people that think of open source and
| Linux as one open-source project as "science projects" and "risky."
| Apparently they think it's less risky to give away control of their IT to a
| vendor based on a few flashy demos from a sales engineer. They will learn in
| For now, repeat after me: The real risk is in proprietary software. Period.
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