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TechRepublic: The future of Linux: Finding friends and foes

Feb 16, 2000, 20:09 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip J. Gill)

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"Even though large companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and Dell have become Linux enthusiasts, they aren't seen as posing a significant threat to retaining a single Linux kernel.

'I'm more worried about some small company that gets off to a quick start, then puts a lot of resources into development, and absconds with the direction of the OS to its advantage,' says TurboLinux's Lonn Johnston, vice president of North American operations.

In the Linux community, that 'small company' everyone is concerned about is Red Hat, which is generally acknowledged to have the largest market share of commercial Linux shipments in North America.

Bob Young, CEO and chairman of Red Hat, however, says his company is as committed to the LSB as any other Linux distribution company, if not more so. He says Red Hat has committed more resources, including staff members, to the LSB effort than just about any other commercial Linux distributor, a claim backed up by LSB chair Dan Quinlan."

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