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ComputerWorld: Fragmentation can be a good thing, Linux creator says

Feb 02, 2000, 20:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Opening the LinuxWorld show here today, Linux creator Linus Torvalds touted the modular, highly adaptable nature of the operating system and outlined some of the features of the upcoming Linux 2.4 kernel. ...addressed two key issues of concern to the Linux community: the threat of Linux fragmenting and the increasing commercialization of the operating system."

"Torvalds turned the often-cited threat of Linux fragmenting on its head. 'Most of the things about fragmentation, I like,' said Torvalds. To succeed in many different markets, he argued, different companies need to serve those markets with different variations of Linux. But he added that bad fragmentation, marked by infighting and unnecessary incompatibilities, had plagued Unix and is now plaguing Java."

"As he has done on previous occasions, Torvalds defended the increasing presence of commercial companies in the Linux market. Torvalds said Linux wasn't created to be anticommercial but to give the user more control. Giving users what they want is also a sound commercial concept, Torvalds noted. He added that the commercial companies are helping the Linux community focus on issues like user-friendliness rather than just technology. At the outset, Torvalds acknowledged, 'Linux was not a very good product. It was good technology, but it was not something a lot of people wanted to use.' "

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