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The Industry Standard: Standardizing Linux

Feb 26, 1999, 12:30 (2 Talkback[s])

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"As the upstart software continues to gain fans, there's an increasing need to keep it from splintering, Unix-style, into a mess of incompatible variations."

"As Linux enthusiasts gather at a conference in San Jose next week to celebrate the software's unlikely invasion of the commercial computer world, a small group of technical gurus is working to solve a problem that could stop the progress of Linux dead in its tracks."

"In short, there's a real danger that Linux could splinter into an array of slightly different versions. That's exactly what happened to Unix, the older operating system from which Linux sprang. Software written for one version of Unix - say, Silicon Graphics' Irix, - often doesn't run on another - say, Hewlett Packard's HP-UX. That incompatibility has helped Microsoft's Windows NT capture a huge piece of the corporate computing market - almost a third of the dollars spent on server software in 1998. It's a trend the Linux community doesn't want to repeat."

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