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NewsForge: Can Linux Standard Base Keep Penguin From Mutating?

Jul 13, 2004, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

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"Folks in the software industry doubt Linux will suffer from the same kind of forking and fragmenting that limited Unix and its ISV support, but the idea may nevertheless be pushed as an offensive against Linux by Microsoft, which is already running ads in Europe depicting mutant penguins assembled with other animal parts as if to suggest they are unsure what they are.

"'I think delaying in doing something on standardization and work on adhering to the standards that have been established will result in cases where Linux will be forked,' said Bill Claybrook, president of New River Marketing Research and longtime Linux analyst. 'Now is the time that something has to be done. The crunch hasn't come yet, but when Linux starts making more inroads, Microsoft is going to kick in big-time on FUD...'"

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