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Re: [debian-knoppix] knopper.com

On April 29, 2003 06:12 pm, Thomas Arnall wrote:

> Hi, all!
> I tried 'knopper.com' from i'net explorer a bit ago (don't like to
> use ms, but the us gov' is in bed with the trash). To me, the
> following details are interesting:


> Another one of crazy bill's pranks?

You knows? Today, when relaoding, I get:

<frame SRC="direction.aspx?g=%ed%88%ae%ee%82%b4%e3%8b%9f%ed%a5%93 etc.

but I do get to Knoppix's page just the same!!

This is beyond me but I didn't like this yesterday, I don't like it 
more today. Usually, squatters are not there to give you a hand.

But Klaus says he's not concerned about this and he's the boss. He 
also doesn't seem overly concerned about security. 

I'm not the boss, I'm not even a programmer. I'm a fool on the hill, 
the one fool who, in the midst of the bubble, told Gaël Duval he was 
spending too much. But Duval was set to wage a blitzkrieg and get a 
grip on the world. Finally, it seems his creditors will get a grip on 

I'm the one fool who told some Ian Murdock's lieutenant that a distro 
selling at twice the price of Mandrake would never make it, that 
they'd better forget about the big book and come up with just a CD 
with a little booklet selling at 2/3 Mandrake's price. Progeny went 
belly up less than a year later. I have seen 1 copy at Camelot in 
Montreal and it never sold. It finally turned out that Debian had 
finally caught up and Progeny wasn't needed. :)

Of course, Linux is making great strides in the server area. But as a 
certain Lundell said this week: ""Most Linux people don't want to 
admit it, (but) that's the only way to get a following -- a desktop 
that's user friendly." 

In other words, in the long run, the desktop determines the server, 
not the opposite.

Another little paragraph I found interesting yesterday:

"Now consider an evil alternative. Say Microsoft assigns a team of 
programmers to help some Open Source project. Maybe this time that 
team isn't specifically identified as being from Microsoft, perhaps 
it is a Microsoft-funded startup. This team, because of its vitality 
and funding, quickly takes control of the project and goes running 
off in some particular technical direction, taking with it the rest 
of the suddenly re-energized team. But what if this new direction is 
not a good one? Even worse, what if the team gets far down that 
lonely road only to have Microsoft suddenly pull the plug, removing 
its team from the game? Would the project survive? It is hard to say, 
but if I was Microsoft that's how I would compete with Open Source, 
by subverting it."

This is not as far-fetched as it seems. I've seen it happening at a 
local non-profit ISP that would have been the perfect test bench for 
Linux. It is called Communications Accessibles Montréal (CAM) and was 
the first private ISP in Montreal. At the time, all the knowledgeable 
people were still there and, though I wasn't using Linux at the time, 
I was trying to suggest that a little Linux club could be put in 
place, that standard cgi scipts could be written for the many 
companies that were CAM's clients, etc.

Then this one guy, an avowed Microsoft disciple who was considered an 
authority in the non-profit organisations field, comes along, hires 
his little friends, makes deals you can't refuse to other non-profit 
organisations, and tells everybody "Sleep tight, I'm taking care of 

Is there anything simpler that having somebody tell you you don't have 
to worry about anything? That certainly "suited" the experts who just 
wanted to keep on hacking their little programs, unshamefully 
explaining that whenever CAM wouldn't fulfill their needs, they'd 
just leave. (Not only Big Blue's employees are "suits", believe me!)

The companies soon found out that the little friend's scripts were 
pretty crappy and cost a fortune. They asked for that fabulous server 
that handled the "magical" FrontPage extensions. And so was it that 
NT servers were introduced because there was no alternative, clients 
didn't stop asking for them... without the members ever being 

The local newsgroup, cam.general was never publicized and, out of 9000 
members at the time, barely 1% showed at annual assembly. Today, 
there is almost nothing left of CAM. All the people I know who were 
members have left, save one of my cousins. Instead of increasing, 
membership has more than cut in half as the offer is now amongst the 
least Accessible in Montreal.

All it took is one man who knew nothing about programming! So 
believing that hacking good code will make Linux succeed is IMHO a 
fairy tale misconception. This game will never be played straight.

A lot of energy is again being put into Knoppix, and maybe more in 
projects evolving around Knoppix. Vigilance and good administration 
are a must.

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