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Quote of the day: 'Sandal and ponytail set' slowing open-source adoption

Former Massachusetts Chief Information Officer Peter Quinn, who played a key role in the state's decision to mandate the use of OpenDocument-based products, pointed to the "sandal and ponytail set" as detracting from the business-ready appearance of open-source technology and blamed developers for sluggish adoption of Linux among businesses and governments.

"Open source has an unprofessional appearance, and the community needs to be more business-savvy in order to start to make inroads in areas traditionally dominated by commercial software vendors," Quinn said, while in Sydney to speak at the inaugural LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.

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