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Stop the Presses, LJ Index and more.
They Said It

In translating Der Spiegel into English via Babelfish, I discovered that “anthrax” translates to “spleen fire”.

—Anita French

Really, the reason you see open source there at all is because we came in and said there should be a platform that's identical with millions and millions of machines.

—Bill Gates

Linux is the long-term threat against our core business. Never forget that!

—Brian Valentine, VP Micosoft Windows Division

I've imagined doing software backwards—and it almost works. Backwards 1.0 has a ton of great features. With each release it has fewer features, until, one day, it's down to its core, the bare few features that make it a killer app.

—Brent Simmons

We've recently...found that Linux—if you look at the overall cost of ownership including the hardware, software, staffing, and purchasing and retirement costs—ends up being significantly less expensive than UNIX over a three-year period for things like web serving.

—Dan Kusnetzky, International Data Corp. (IDC)

A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him. In this way, a true teacher regards himself as a student of his students. If you will teach your pupils with this attitude, you will benefit much from them.

—M. K. Ghandi

He had the startling individuality of a man who had never owned a television.

—Gerald Hannon, in an obituary for Michael Stanley Kibbee, founder of Cemetary.org.

The soul of democracy has been dying, drowning in a rising tide of big money contributed by a narrow, unrepresentative elite that has betrayed the faith of citizens in self-government.

—Bill Moyers

Our analysis is that many users of Linux don't want their organizations or their competitors knowing what they're running. They'd rather get kudos for a job well done than criticism for how they got the job done.

—Dan Kusnetzky, International Data Corp. (IDC)

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