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osOpinion: Linux and Forking

Jun 19, 2000, 06:09 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"Every now and then, someone comes up with "the one invincible argument" against the use of Linux, or indeed, any Unix in business. "Look at how Unix fragmented/forked," they say. "Linux is a Unix variant, ergo Linux will fork. No, people need a stable environment to run business in, and since Unix, by definition (theirs) is prone to fragmentation, it is unsuitable for use in the Real World...."

"Now, with being adapted for all these computing environments, how is Linux to avoid "forking"? The answer is simple, it can't. The exact requirements of a mainframe OS are not those of a handheld OS, which are not the requirements of an embedded OS, which are not the requirements of a supercomputer OS, which are not the requirements of a graphics workstation OS, which are not the requirements of a ..."

"The problem is not "forking", the problem is rather how is one to maintain enough compatibility between the "forked" versions, so that one can at least theoretically design an application that runs with a minimum of alteration on the supercomputer, the handheld, the mainframe, the embedded device and the graphics workstation, etc, ad incrementum...."

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