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Why Linux Is Wealthier Than Microsoft

November 23rd, 2003 · No Comments

That is the hypotheseis of Russ Roberts writing in Business Week: “On the surface, Linus vs. Bill seems to be the ultimate David vs. Goliath contest. It appears to pit the man who cheerfully gives away his code against the guy who ruthlessly seeks every last penny for it. You’d expect Gates would squash Torvalds. Yet they have more in common than you might think. And the final score in their high-stakes rivalry could end up surprisingly close…While Torvalds is a threat to Gates, Gates seems to be little or no threat to Torvalds. To hear Torvalds talk about it, he’s having fun as Linux’ guardian. His challenge is merely that of being an effective shepherd to a vast flock of very creative, un-sheeplike sheep. Regardless of the marketplace’s final judgment, Torvalds probably sleeps a lot more soundly than Gates.”

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