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ERIC SINK ON THE BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE by Eric Sink

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NineteenBE CAREFUL WHERE YOU BUILD

We geeks tend to develop religious beliefs about platforms and technologies. We love Windows, and we hate Linux. Or we love MacOS, and we hate Windows. Or whatever.

In fact, because of one of these religious wars, I had trouble getting this article published. When I originally submitted this piece to my editors at MSDN, they objected to one sentence: Linux is cool. The folks at MSDN weren't arguing whether Linux was cool. They simply didn't want that sentence appearing in an article on their Web site. I eventually understood their perspective. Many readers of my MSDN column never noticed that I was not a Microsoft employee. The sentence was begging to be taken out of context and published in a Slashdot article ...

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