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ZDNET: Berst Alert: Skeleton in the Linux Closet

Mar 21, 2000, 07:24 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Now come rumblings that Linux may not be able to sustain that momentum. That it may become another niche OS like Unix, from which it is derived. Incompatible versions -- or forking -- may jeopardize its standing in the IT community. Wall Street is already retreating. To understand what it means, consider where Linux came from, where it is today and its vulnerability in the future...."

"IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky tells Interactive Week, that price-to-performance advantage is driving Linux growth. And that if the open source method proves sustaining, its market share and revenues will continue to grow -- while non-Linux dollars will be siphoned into the new Internet economy. It's a significant if."

"The kind of fragmentation that crippled Unix also haunts Linux. A number of vendors hawk their own flavors of the OS. Minor examples of forking already exist. Linux advocates say it won't be a problem because major vendors are developing a Linux Standard Base. And besides, they've got Torvalds' calming influence."

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