"First, there is already some minor forking that has gone on
in the Linux kernel. That's right, it has (gasp) already
occurred. Anyone with a Mandrake distribution: type "uname -a"
in your console right now: Notice the kernel version number,
especially that "mdk" tag on the end of it. (I have Mandrake 6.5
running here on my 'puter, which had kernel version # 2.2.13-7mdk)
Mandrake has obviously modified the kernel to suit their own
specific desires, no? Okay, so on comes the ZD wail: "See!? It's
forking! it's forking already! Linux is dead - Dead I tell you! To
"Now, one of these so-called analysts had said, in effect, that
Microsoft, with its closed-source code, was somehow immune to
forking. Well then, would someone please tell me why Windows NT 4.0
cannot directly access Win98 FAT32 partitions? Why is it that I
cannot install MSIE into my Philips Velo without getting a version
written specifically for Windows CE? And why can I get Deer Hunter
II to run perfectly on Windows 98, but not at all on Windows NT
4.0? I have yet to see any Windows version other than NT or 2000
access an NTFS partition directly. Windows 2000 was the biggest
fork I've seen yet, with a host of incompatibilities and "must
upgrade or else" 'features'. I'm sorry to say it boys, but Windows
has forked at least 5 different ways, not counting DOS."
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