"Will Linux fork? Journalists have been asking the question of
late. The question is legitimate: Unix forked in nasty ways that
hurt the whole Unix community and the whole Unix industry."
"But that was then, this is now, says Red Hat chairman Bob
Young. Many reasons for Unix forking don't apply today. Hardware
has become a commodity, and software rules. No one developing,
using or selling Linux has an incentive to fork, Young says. Not
only would the community suffer -- the forker would suffer, too.
It's self-interested human nature, not simple magnanimity, that
keeps Linux from fragmenting."
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