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LinuxDevices.com: "What is Linux?"

Jul 19, 2000, 06:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"Linux is in the midst of being shaped and molded to fit thousands of applications ranging from tiny hand-held (or smaller) appliances to huge cluster-based supercomputers. That process is advanced by the free and open availability of Linux source code. As Linux gets adapted to the unique requirements of an expanding universe of system designs, questions like "When does Linux cease to be Linux?" or, more simply, "What is Linux?" come to mind."

"Some say: "Linux is whatever Linus says it is." But, engineer that I am, I wasn't satisfied with such a simplistic answer. I needed something more complex, more structured -- capable of spanning the enormously diverse embedded market where practically every device and, as a result, every Linux installation is unique."

"In an effort to create a suitably complicated answer to the simple question, "What is Linux?", I set about enticing an assortment of embedded Linux and open source software experts to answer (and comment on) a series of questions...."

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