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CMP Net: Developers Try To Keep Linux From Forking

Mar 03, 1999, 23:13 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Maclachlan)

"many want to keep the open source version of Unix from forking into multiple, incompatible forms, as Unix itself did back in the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, companies intentionally broke Unix into multiple proprietary formats, such as Sun Microsystems' Solaris and Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX."

"If Linux itself splintered many say they believe it could cripple the spread of the OS, which has been exploding in popularity."

"There is a great fear that forking is a danger," said John Hall of VA Research, a company that makes Intel-based Linux hardware. For companies like his, Hall said, forking would make it more difficult to hire and train the technical-support people who will be so important to the spread of Linux.

Obviously, this is an error. John 'maddog' Hall is Executive Director of Linux International, and is employed by Compaq. -lt ed

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