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LinuxWorld: The future of Linux: Why consolidation is coming to Linux distributions

Jan 14, 1999, 16:20 (2 Talkback[s])

"Citing the development of languages like C and Pascal, Rick explains why he thinks there will only be one or two Linux distributions in the next few years."

"Several readers thoughtfully disagreed with my prediction that over the next few years the number of Linux variants will shrink to one or two major distributions, and that these changes will cost Linux some of its characteristic vitality and flexibility. My disagreeing compatriots predict that, if anything, Linux distributions will grow and diversify as Linux becomes more popular."

"... They may be right. Historically, though, that's not the way markets have developed."

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