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CRN: Downplay Fragmentation -- Linux vendors ponder fate of open heritage

Aug 20, 1999, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Tiazkun, Amber Howle)

"...despite the frenzy, capped by Red Hat's successful initial public offering last week, Linux aficionados said its success will not cause it to splinter into proprietary versions as Unix did."

" 'The most important thing that the commercial vendors must remember is that they don't own Linux, we [the community] do, said Jon ['mad dog'] Hall, executive director of Linux International..."

"If any segment of the industry stands to benefit from Linux balkanization, it is the hardware vendors, said Rob Enderle, analyst at... Giga Information Group. Computer makers have the biggest interest in co-opting Linux for proprietary purposes, he said."

"Marco Scibora, president of Advanced Communication Design Inc. (ACD), an IBM reseller in Minneapolis, said, 'I don't think the argument of increasing fragmentation will hold water.' The Linux kernel is open and is the same in all vendor offerings, so unique versions only affect the periphery, he said. 'At the core, where it matters, there will be no difference.' "

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