Why should I listen to you?

    Date30 Jul 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Who is Dan O'Dowd and why is his opinion so important that it makes the news on Slashdot? Is he an expert on free software development and embedded operating systems who suddenly admits free software helps terrorists? No, Dan O'Dowd is the CEO of a proprietary software company, using the media as a FUD machine to bash a competing product -- but if you didn't do your research, you wouldn't know that. . . . Who is Dan O'Dowd and why is his opinion so important that it makes the news on Slashdot? Is he an expert on free software development and embedded operating systems who suddenly admits free software helps terrorists? No, Dan O'Dowd is the CEO of a proprietary software company, using the media as a FUD machine to bash a competing product -- but if you didn't do your research, you wouldn't know that.

    This is certainly not the first time this has happened, but is this really news? Why should anyone care what some CEO thinks about products he isn't even selling?

    This sort of thing happens quite often in a variety of publications. Slashdot and Groklaw are both very good at finding and exposing FUD. O'Dowd's opinion piece is a particularly inane cheap shot at free software, going beyond the usual interviews and speeches. It's a perfect example of why we should question quotes, statements, and sources in the press more frequently.

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