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PCWorld: Is Linux Selling Out?

Aug 16, 2002, 04:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

"There's plenty of room at the Linux party for both profit-seeking vendors and technical purists, according to Linus Torvalds, founder of the open source platform.

"In an interview at LinuxWorld Expo Wednesday, Torvalds said that commercialization can be a good thing, even if vendors are looking to make money through the open source platform whose free distribution has made it so popular.

"'One of the things I like about the commercial companies is, I mean, they're supposed to try to make money off of it,' said Torvalds, who at one point during the interview had to pause to accommodate a photo request from a conference attendee.

"Linux can be commercialized to make it more accessible to non-technical people, but the platform must continue to thrive as a platform for technical innovation, according to Torvalds..."

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