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O'reilly some sort of perl monopoly?
You petitioned your library to stop carry good technical books because the company who publishes them are too involved in the community? Trying to deprive people of good books because of some odd personal beliefs rather than content? How idiotic.
It's a stupid argument. O'Reilly has nothing to do with anything. I mean, yes , the host perl.com, but no one forces you to go there. You could use Perl with almost zero interaction with O'Reilly.
And how are they a monopoly? How do they shut out other people? Broken kneecaps in back alleys? Where are all the other sponsors waiting in the wings? How exactly are they being held back?
Merlyn might be self promoting, but so what? If he was posting crap code, that would be one thing. When one of his articles is relevant to someone's question, should he rewrite it to avoid pointing someone to an outside website?
(This coming from someone who's butted heads with Merlyn on more than a couple occasions over the years.)
Bills need to be paid, people need to eat. If O'Reilly helps in that department, as long as they are not influencing things, what does it matter? You don't like it, don't read their books or perl.com and it will be like they don't even exist.
"To be civilized is to deny one's nature."