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InfoWorld: Set a Linux Standard

Sep 05, 2002, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The recently completed LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco dealt with business--lots of business. But one issue that concerns many companies developing solutions for Linux is the number of different Linux distributions. The earlier fragmentation of the Unix operating system left many desiring the one-size-fits-all approach promised by Microsoft--even if it wasn't really one size and it really didn't fit all. As a result, many businesses look at the various Linux distributions and fear that history will repeat itself.

"Thankfully, many who saw the futility and destruction caused by the Unix wars are also participating in the Linux world. And they have no intention of letting lightning strike twice.

"Granted, the potential Linux problem is not nearly as extreme as the Unix problem had been. With Unix, just about every variant had a different kernel, surrounded by different utilities, hosted on different hardware architectures. Changing Unix vendors was usually an expensive proposition, both in hardware and software..."

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