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osOpinion: Getting a handle on forks

Jun 21, 2000, 06:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Lyda)

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"If one follows a fork from it's handle to its tines, you'll end up with an analogy of a project that splits in multiple directions. However if you follow a fork from its tines to the handle you'll end up describing a unifying force across multiple projects. You'll end up describing the GNU project and the Linux kernel."

"Yes, linux is forking, but not in the presumed direction. Those of you who come to Linux from the Windows world, or any world other than commercial Unix won't understand this, but Linux has been acting like a unifying force for almost two years now, and the GNU project for even longer."

"What was the first thing I did upon installing SunOS 4.1.4 (the ultimate in Sun unicies) on my beloved Sparc IPC back in 1994? I visited ftp.gnu.org and got gcc, flex, bison, gmake, emacs (I was confused then), until /usr/local rivaled my /usr partition for space used. And from other sites I got the latest X11 (and a day later make world finished), tcsh, the latest bind, and the latest sendmail."

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