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Hoosier Penguin: Mission Creep

Jan 24, 2007, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"I found the news of the merger between the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) into the big mongo Linux Foundation quite... interesting. I know many of the players involved in putting this who shebang together, so it is very hard for me to dismiss the LF as yet-another-big-dreams-and-no-follow-through organization (see: KDE League, UnitedLinux, etc.) Still, one can only wonder, when the spin put on most of the media coverage went something like this: 'two large Linux organizations have joined forces to battle Microsoft on the desktop.'

"At first, I thought this was just another way my media colleagues were building more conflict to generate more interest. Y'know, the 'Man Bites Dog' approach. But then I saw an interview with Jim Zemlin in the Indian publication EFYTimes. There, he stated 'Linux is promoted by many smaller voices joining in a chorus to promote the platform. That is something no company, not even Microsoft, can compete with forever...'"

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