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September 20, 2009



This is an excellent article. I currently work for MS but previously was in the exclusive domain of linux. I felt very much how you described many of the people on those lists when I first arrived at MS. Everything was wrong and it made no sense. This was of course completely ignorant and in many ways I have found some great practices at MS that I think the linux community could learn from.

All that aside your analysis was done quite well and very even. I thank you for doing this and being so fair. I hope this driver is a step toward the two communities working toward the benefit of the science instead of the benefit of their own methods.

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  • Steve Friedl is a software and network security consultant in Southern California. He has been a C and UNIX developer since 1981 and has an exceptionally broad background in this area. Some areas of expertise include:

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