VNUnet: Linux Finally Grows Up
Apr 15, 2003, 19:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Barker)
[ Thanks to Nicholas Donovan for
this link. ]
"It's quite possible that Linus Torvalds didn't realise what he
was starting when he first honed the concept of open source
software into a suggested operating environment called Linux.
"If that wording seems obtuse, it's because of the particular
rigours of discussion about Linux and open-source software in
public. For example, 'What is Linux?' would seem a simple question
with a simple answer: it's an operating system.
"But say or write that in public and the open source dogs of war
will descend on you. Linux is a specification, an outline, a
concept, a set of rules, a set of components, or a set of something
else, depending on who you ask.
"Solaris is an operating system, Linux isn't. Red Hat Linux
is--sort of. Should you care? Absolutely not..."