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Linux Magazine: Choice or Chaos? The High Cost of Linux Fragmentation

Mar 03, 2007, 03:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Richard)

"Freedom of choice is one of the great benefits of Open Source Software in general and Linux in particular. This freedom gives consumers the ability to select, without fear of litigation, what software they will use and how they will use or modify it. As a principal, this freedom is extremely valuable. However, a couple of announcements this week seem to indicate that market value of freedom of choice has dipped considerably. The biggest hurdle Linux adoption faced this week wasn't Microsoft, it was an enemy from within: Linux fragmentation.

"Maybe we should clarify that. While obviously the core Linux Kernel isn't fragmented, it's community is..."

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