Hemos from the interesting-point-of-view dept.
Johnathan Swift writes "As one of the biggest of the big on the Internet,
Yahoo! is hardly
a favorite of those Slashdot folks who like their
net small and personal.
Yet among its competition as a mega-portal -- AOL and MSN --
Yahoo! is different, and not just because it relies on
free software like FreeBSD and Linux.
This article in the
San Jose Mercury News
claims that, unlike the others, it still serves as a portal to
the greater Internet rather than the "walled gardens" of AOL or MSN
that try to isolate people from the rest of the net.
If Yahoo! should merge with or be acquired by a media company like
Disney or Viacom, it, too, would become such a walled garden, and
the Internet would be that much closer to control by a few large
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.