Open-Source Guru Eric Raymond Joins Freespire Board

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 09-26-2006
In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond—one of the co-founders of the open-source movement—will become the newest member of the Freespire Leadership Board on Sept. 27.

Raymond, perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the Open Source Initiative and author of such seminal open-source works as The Cathedral and the Bazaar, has recently declared that if the Linux desktop is ever to grab a large share of the desktop market it must do it soon or it will never happen.

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Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms.

He believes the PC vendors' embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which, if missed, may not come along again for many years.

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