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TechRepublic: No "forking" in the road ahead

Feb 16, 2000, 19:55 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip J. Gill)

"For those of us who remember the many, largely unsuccessful efforts to create a single UNIX standard, the news last spring that the leading distributors of Linux had banded together for the same purpose evoked a forbidding sense of deja vu. But the Linux Standard Base (LSB) is not just a good idea, but a necessary one.

LSB isn't so much about Linux's present, but its future, and what its backers hope it will become. For them, LSB is about preventing the various commercial Linux distributions from taking separate paths. Or, in the technical terms of the Linux developers, LSB is intended to stop 'kernel forking,' a process in which the Linux OS vendors start adding proprietary extensions to the common kernel to create a competitive advantage.

Right now, Linux, an open source UNIX clone, is on that single path. The operating system's popularity is growing at an astonishing rate."

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