The Linux Community of Interest

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| Today, the proliferation of web sites has negated the rules I learned over
| ten years ago. “Build it and they will come” is a deprecated notion. Many of
| my searches today are clouded by page after page of eBay auction ads. I find
| it difficult to find materials I need to do my work.
|
| [...]
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| Linux had a community of interest. At the time, approximately 30,000 people
| used Linux. By 1999, that ballooned to 2 million. Why? The community of
| interest was in place and it was poised for growth. That brings up an
| existential question: Is the community big because of Linux’s success or is
| Linux’s success based on the community. I can see both sides of the argument.
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1003694


Related:

Linux Users Base More Than doubled Over Last One Year: Survey

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| The number of Linux users has more than doubled over the last one year, says
| a new survey by DesktopLinux.com. The survey also said Ubuntu remains their
| Linux distribution of choice.
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http://www.sda-india.com/sda_india/p...19940,p,0.html


Survey: Desktop Linux use grows

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| DesktopLinux.com, which is a Web site devoted to, obviously, desktop Linux,
| has finished a survey that found more than a doubling of Linux desktop users
| in the past year.
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/techwatc...es/013576.html