"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
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
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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