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ZDNet: Rooting For The Underdog

Feb 27, 1999, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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Sam Ockman outlines why Red Hat's domination of the Linux market is a good thing.

"There have always been a number of Linux distributions, but recently a Linux World poll showed that 74% of 900 respondents feel that Red Hat is becoming synonymous with Linux. The general feeling in the Linux community is that Red Hat has gotten too big, and that it's bad for Linux overall. "Down with Red Hat", may not be the current rallying cry, but that day could be just around the corner."

"Red Hat deserves to be the dominant player in the Linux community, because they've done so many things right. Red Hat is the most free of all the commercial Linux distributions. They've always put the software they write under the Gnu Public License."

"Similarly, Caldera has a business oriented Linux distribution which has, unfortunately, always relied upon proprietary software."

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