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PC Week: In Linus we (have no choice but to) trust

Jun 28, 1999, 08:34 (47 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Berinato)

"At any time, Linus Torvalds could take his kernel and go home. Copyright it. Join a vendor and throw his weight behind a particular Linux version. Any of those scenarios would be devastating to Linux as an open-source operating system. Very simply, Linus controls Linux."

"That he doesn't exert his control in corporate-minded ways is of critical importance to the Linux community."

"What many in that community don't want to hear, however, is that Linux's continued growth and success depends on a few individuals. Despite the belief that a huge community of developers forms and reforms Linux's open source code base, it's this relatively small groupled by Torvaldsthat controls the platform."

"Red Hat Software Inc. proved the point in its SEC S-1 filing for an initial public offering earlier this month"

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