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Solutions Integrator: Remembrance of Things Past

Jan 28, 2000, 16:57 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Curtis Franklin)

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"Do you do Linux? If you do, then you should be concerned about history repeating itself. Linux has enjoyed a remarkably peaceful rise to IT popularity, fueled by a combination of Microsoft-fear and scout-camp cameraderie. In recent months, however, the cameraderie has taken on something of a strained feeling as companies marketing their own distributions add features, APIs and widgets unique to their particular way of doing things. Already, the Greek Chorus of Linux nay-sayers has begun to raise its collective voice to proclaim the coming demise of the operating system. The reason for the predicted demise is rooted in the history of Unix...."

"The gap between distributions of Linux has been kept to a minimum because of community pressure and the necessary blessing of Linus Torvalds. With the rise of Red Hat as the dominant commercial distribution of Linux, the cracks between the distributions are threatening to become full-blown canyons. While some people see this as inevitable--and some even tout it as a good thing--those who want Linux to continue growing must discipline themselves against the growth of rampant proprietary features."

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