"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...'"