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ZDNet: Linux vs. Linux

Mar 20, 2000, 15:42 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

[ Thanks to Mr T for this link. ]

"Linux is on the verge of splintering into different, incompatible versions. Can Linux creator Linus Torvalds hold it all together?"

"Wall Street analysts and information technology managers are watching to see if Linux reaches a fork in the road -- with incompatible versions of the popular free operating system competing for adoption at small and large corporations. If branches emerge, the value of the open-source operating system is likely to plummet."

"Reaching such a fork may be inevitable, given the coalition of voluntary efforts that keeps Linux intact and updated. "Any time you have open source code, you're going to get forking," predicted Bill Eppifanio, an analyst at J.P. Morgan. "Forking will be just as bad for Linux as it was for Unix," he added."

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Related Story:
TechRepublic: No "forking" in the road ahead (Feb 16, 2000)