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Passing on the Linux dream

Jul 15, 2011, 22:01 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"Looking at the relationship between Android and Linux, I cannot help but be reminded at the relationship between Unix and Linux back when Linux was fresh and young on the operating system scene. Talking with some Unix sysadmins back in the day, it wasn't uncommon to hear resentful dismay at the success that Linux was enjoying around the turn of the century, when LinuxWorld was booming, IBM was sponsoring, and the defeat of Windows seemed to be an attainable goal.

"It wasn't all resentment--the spectrum ranged from enthusiastic to grudging support as well. Whatever their feelings, Unix developers and administrators watched their own prominence in the enterprise fade in the face of the rise of Linux.

"And now we see the same thing happening with Android, as Android starts to succeed in an area that Linux on the desktop never could: touching consumer users."

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