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Poetry Requiem

By Martin Vermeer

Business Model, Failed

Today, poetry went into receivership.
Which is why this poem doesn't rhyme,
so the creditors won't notice.

Linux, like poetry, is not contingent upon the existence of successful business models. It cannot actually go bankrupt. Its success is unrelated to business success.

Previous LG articles by Martin (both allegorical stories):

Martin Vermeer

Martin is a European citizen born in The Netherlands in 1953 and living with his wife in Helsinki, Finland, since 1981. He is professor of Geodesy at the Department of Surveying, Helsinki University of Technology. His first UNIX experience was in 1984 with OS-9, running on a Dragon MC6809E home computer (64k memory, 720k disk!). He is a relative newcomer to Linux, installing RH4.0 February 1997 on his home PC and, encouraged, only a week later on his job PC. Now he runs Red Hat 6.2 exclusively at both home and work. Special Linux interests: LyX and Tcl/Tk.

Copyright © 2002, Martin Vermeer.
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Published in Issue 76 of Linux Gazette, March 2002

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