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osOpinion: Fragmentation of an OS

May 24, 2000, 04:55 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esko Woudenberg)

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"There has been a lot written about the possible fragmentation of Linux over the past year. Many Penguinistas (AKA: Linux enthusiasts) label these articles as FUD. (Communication intentionally created for the sole purpose of creating FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, and DOUBT about products that might otherwise have a fair chance at competing.)"

"What I would like to do is point out examples of operating system fragmentation that are quite common but do not appear to disturb the mainstream IT press much. They have a different label for it, they call it "DLL Hell." But when you really stop to examine it, a very large part of the Windows family of operating systems is made up of these DLLs. (A DLL is a dynamic link library intended to allow multiple programs to share the same code without having to physically include the code multiple times. Theoretically this saves space in the executable files themselves and in memory in case more than one program that uses a particular DLL are running at the same time.)"

"As we all know, the company that published Windows also decided they were going to write applications. Every so often they would decide that in order for their applications to have a "richer" user experience they would need to "innovate," and make changes to the operating system. So when you install their application on your computer it also replaces key DLL files on the system. In marketing speak, they have "enhanced" the operating system for free, giving "added value" to the consumer. (According to Esko they have fragmented the OS.) "

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