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Should open source cheer Gates’ swan song?

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The Elvis of PC software has left the building.

Bill Gates’ announcement he will no longer do CES keynotes overshadowed anything else he said, and for good reason. (Picture from Engadget.)
Although the venue felt wrong.

Gates’ milieu was Comdex, not CES. Standing before an army of geeks, running slides and demonstrations, describing minute feature enhancements as revolutions, and using arcane technical language, that was his thing.

So open source advocates should not be cheering as he exits stage right, to pursue his new career as a philanthropist and humanitarian.

Linus Torvalds is easy to miss in airports, which is how he likes it. So, for that matter, are Richard Stallman and Bruce Perens, We don’t do celebrity. We’re anti-celebrity. And the business model is based on cutting marketing to the bone.

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