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'Free' Linux movement should end

In response to the May 19 Perspectives column by Bruce Perens, "The fear war against Linux":

With all due respect, your fantasy world of so-called "free" software is about to end, God willing.

This ridiculous movement is nothing but a vain socialist attempt to marginalize the software industry. Moreover, it has been rather unpleasant to watch you and others over the past three years develop the single largest false advertising campaign in the history of commerce, knowing all along that it was pure chicanery. That is, touting that Linux is free when in fact all commercial (i.e. useable) versions are not.

What a joke on the public it's all been. As a computer consultant for more than 21 years, I have felt compelled to correct my customers when they attempt to inform me about Linux being "free." We all know that that is simply a big fat lie in the computer industry. I then proceed to tell them about Linux's hidden costs--and no technical support--and that it is essentially outdated 1960s technology.

Now I get the privilege, along with my dear friends at Microsoft, to tell my customers that code embedded within Linux was stolen or misappropriated and that they themselves can be held liable for using this rogue operating system. That's right. I will specifically emphasize to them that it a hacker-based operating system that was built with stolen intellectual property!

Bill Jeansonne
Bethesda, Md.