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Apr 18, 2000, 00:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Much has been said of late regarding the possibility that Linux will fragment into incompatible versions. Some of the speculation has been well reasoned, some not."

"The least credible argument has been that Linux will fragment because UNIX did. This completely ignores the market dynamics that caused UNIX to fragment, and consequently why these dynamics do not apply to Linux. UNIX was a means to an end, and the end was to sell unique hardware solutions. Linux is the means to a completely different end: a free (as in free speech), reliable, scalable open source solution. Linux is, in a sense, an end unto itself."

"While much can be said about the potential for Linux to fragment, one should observe that there have been remarkably few compatibility issues across Linux versions to date. One can thank the open source nature of Linux for this feat. However, there are incompatibilities today that make it inconvenient to support multiple Linux distributions. Surely the entire Linux market can benefit from solving these compatibility issues without robbing from Linux providers their ability to differentiate their products."

"Enter the Linux Standard Base. The goal of Linux Standard Base (LSB) is to develop and promote standards that will increase compatibility among Linux offerings and enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system. In addition, LSB will help coordinate efforts to recruit software vendors to port and write products for Linux."

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