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If I Were in Charge of...

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I was taking a walk with my wife the other day, talking about all the kooky-nuttiness that is the Linux and Open Source world sometimes. I think I was harping on a certain company in Washington State and their recent "attempts" to "open source" some of their code.

A consumate Linux spouse, she listened as I ranted and raved but I could tell she was getting a bit weary of this latest session when she said, "well, what would you do about it?"

That stopped me in my tracks. And got me thinking...

Many of us have decried Microsoft as the Great Satan of software companies, a reputation that they haven't exactly strived to get rid of. We have also been hard at times towards all of the big commercial vendors: Red Hat, IBM, Sun, Novell, Mandriva, Canonical, Dell, HP... the list goes on. How often, though, do we get a chance to step up and offer a positive suggestion to these companies?

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