"Concerns about the possible "fragmentation" of Linux are
nothing new. However, they have recently been revived in several
high-profile articles, and were the subject of a recent article
here on Linux.com. Some IT analysts are predicting doom for Linux,
with memories of Unix forks fresh in their minds. They claim that
the existence of many distributions, each fighting for market
share, will be the death of Linux. Personally, I believe that
diversity is our greatest strength."
"I feel that the presence of multiple Linux vendors is a
strength, not a weakness. The battle for market share is
causing them to target different sectors of the Linux market. For
example, Corel and Caldera have targeted Windows users, with
features such as easy partitioning and a familiar-looking desktop.
SuSE, with their 6-CD set, is known for throwing in everything but
the kitchen sink, and for being a nicely polished, all-around
distribution. Meanwhile, Red Hat seems to be focusing on the
corporate market. Debian, the only non-commercial distribution, is
making a name for itself as being technically superior. There are
still others such as Slackware, Stampede, Storm, and so on, each
bringing something unique to the table."
"The LSB [Linux Standard Base] is a subject of some contention,
though it has yet to produce any real results. I don't really have
a problem with standardizing directory structures, mostly because
it would help those who write documentation. My concern is that the
standard be chosen on technical merit alone, not just because it is
in use by the biggest or most popular vendor."
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