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ComputerWorld: Linux Server Cluster Threatens Open Unity

Nov 01, 1999, 16:41 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"The release last week of Turbo- Linux Inc.'s server clustering software raised concerns about whether the Linux community can prevent a divergence of versions -- or forking -- when vendors start making unilateral changes in the open operating system's kernel."

"TurboLinux's software, TurboCluster, isn't the only Linux clustering effort, so there's no guarantee the Linux world will adopt its changes to the kernel. If competing software ends up in the mainstream kernel instead, it would be a fork, albeit a minor one, observers said."

"According to analyst Tony Iams at D.H. Brown & AssociatesInc. in Port Chester, N.Y., Linux creator and kernel arbiter Linus Torvalds should take TurboLinux's changes seriously because high-availability clustering has been a major weakness of Linux.

There is precedent for Torvalds quickly deciding to incorporate changes to the kernel produced by commercial developers, Iams said."

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