AlwaysOn: Khosla: Open Source Optimist
Aug 14, 2003, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
"AlwaysOn: What do you think about the whole
"Khosla: I'm a big fan of Linux. If one
distribution, like the Red Hat distribution, becomes the de facto
distribution, you might actually end up with a closed system. Even
though it's 'open,' if everybody starts writing to Red Hat, which
is sort of happening, then there's a real danger that you won't see
innovation and they'll start charging, which they've already done.
And [then] Linux no longer matters.
"UNIX was open until it became Solaris, and then really there
were one or two important versions of Solaris and UNIX itself
became less important--other than that the name Solaris was derived
from UNIX. But nobody cared about UNIX, there wasn't an open UNIX
[anymore]. I think there's some danger there won't be an open
Linux--that's a pretty important issue that I don't see discussed
much. I think that's a pretty real threat..."