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osOpinion: Somebody, quick! Give Linux a fork!

Jun 16, 2000, 06:20 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tommy)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"A lot of industry Linux watchers claim that a fork is unavoidable and will destroy Linux's chance at being a mainstream OS. I say that it is unavoidable, but it will help Linux's chance at being a mainstream OS, if it's done right.'

"For Linux to be "mainstream", it must supplant Microsoft Windows 9x. To do this Linux must become easier to use than consumer MS-Windows, its already more stable. The Linux community also needs to keep its collective eyes firmly on the future, if Linux can stay a step ahead of consumer Windows on upcoming technologies, it will usurp users as Microsoft slowly loses them. This is already starting to happen with NT/2000 users, but for 9x users it's a much different process."

"What about forks? Where a fork is desperately needed in Linux is the same place Windows has a "fork". Between its Server/Workstation "distributions" (NT/2000) and its consumer "distributions" (95/98). A well-placed fork could do lot for Linux."

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