"Has Linux finally crossed the threshhold from adolescence to
adulthood? If you use as one measuring stick the recent spate of
not-so-good news for some of Linux's leading lights, you might come
to that conclusion. Layoffs by one of the four largest Linux
distributors, TurboLinux; tough times at Linux backer Corel; IPO
meltdown at Linux services provider LinuxCare. Who's next?"
"Does this mean that Linux's heyday is over? Hardly.
After all, IBM, Sun, Oracle and Microsoft all continue to be
staunch believers in Linux's potential/threat. Microsoft reiterated
on Wednesday of this week, as part of its latest antitrust-related
filing that its economic experts still consider Linux "a serious
competitor as an operating system for a variety of non-PC devices
that compete directly with personal computers running Windows."
"Regardless of the rhetoric, I believe there is enough
promise in the basic concept that software is best developed via a
cooperative, rather than a competitive model, to continue to propel
Linux and other open software forward. As one Linux enthusiast
pointed out recently, as operating systems get increasingly bigger
and more complex, where will companies find enough programmers to
hire to develop and test them? The concept of cooperative
programming would seem to be a novel way to circumvent this
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