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LinuxProgramming.com: De-Demonizing Forking

Oct 24, 2000, 10:49 (2 Talkback[s])

"Can we please get over our collective forkaphobia? Every few weeks something happens in the Linux landscape, such as the recent news that the Samba project is undergoing a planned fork, or some pseudo-technical pseudo-journalist decides to take a shot at Linux by dragging this old red herring into the conversation, and we have to endure yet another round of angst and debate over whether Linux will smithereen itself all over the landscape. It's pointless, and it's lost whatever entertainment value it had a long time ago."

"I make this plea for several reasons. First and foremost, if there's one OS that's likely to avoid self-immolation via forking, it's Linux. Why? Simple: Everyone of any importance or influence in the Linux development community whatsoever is painfully aware of how close UNIX came to making itself a historical footnote thanks to fragmentation. If anything, the scaremongers howling in the night about Linux's potential for forking are helping to educate the newer members of the community about the danger, and therefore reducing even further the chances of it happening. The bottom line is that Linux crowd just won't make UNIX's mistake. Besides, staying united against the Evil Redmond Empire is ever so much more fun than spending countless hours spinning off your own not-quite-compatible version of Linux."

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