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Linux.com: The Era of Commodity Operating Systems

Jan 06, 2000, 16:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Repesh)

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"The best accomplishment is sharing solutions and spreading the word in hopes of providing services to the ever widening base of users of a peer-reviewed, continually evolving operating system. If ISA, PCI, and IDE are what make PC hardware commodity goods, then Linux and its push for open standards such as GCC and the Internet protocols will be what makes thin client, server, and workstation software commodity goods."

"The GNU GPL license is important for this to happen, but the acceptance of non-proprietary APIs, protocols, and file formats is even more important. Do not forget that the spread of Microsoft is accomplished more through an acceptance of it as a "standard" than anything else. The licens removes the restrictions on software propagation, but even with prohibitive license agreements with Microsoft products, many Windows copies out there are bootlegged."

"Just imagine how far Linux can go without the stigma of unauthorised distribution. With multiple vendors providing essentially the same software, the ISV (independent software vendor) industry is primed to explode with offerings for all facets of the computing economy. Think of companies that start off purchasing distributions, tailoring them for specific applications, and turning around and selling their solutions in a custom distribution. This is a completely new paradigm that makes Microsoft inevitably just another player, not the player for everyone."

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