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Computerworld: Linux fans fear Red Hat takeover

Mar 23, 1999, 09:08 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"To some in the Linux community, Red Hat Software seems to want to hijack the free Unix variant. But in interviews with Computerworld, Red Hat president Matthew Szulik endorsed the Linux Standards Base (LSB), the official Linux standards group."

"And Erik Troan, director of development at Red Hat, said, "We're very supportive of what the Linux Standards Base is doing. . . . Their emphasis on making applications portable is in the best interests of everybody."

"But Szulik also said standards groups often slow down the pace of innovation. And other Red Hat officials in recent weeks have referred to standards groups as "overhead"."

"Szulik also said Red Hat, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, wouldn't want to see the LSB be used by other Linux vendors, with less market share, to catch up to Red Hat. (The LSB, based in California, seeks to ensure that different commercial versions of Linux, called distributions, are just similar enough to run the same applications written for Linux.)"

"Daniel Quinlan, chairman of the LSB's steering committee, said he believes Red Hat fully supports the effort."

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