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Rooting for the underdog

    In response to the Dec. 13 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "":

    Most people conveniently forget that OS/2 didn't lose the "war" because of technical merits. It lost because, at that time, IBM was the hated monopoly that walked all over the user community and charged ridiculous prices for its product. I wonder how many people understand that the same thing is happening with Linux. It doesn't matter what the technical merits are for Linux; it is growing in popularity primarily because people are tired of what Microsoft has become.

    John R. Wickwire
    Geneseo, Ill.