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Linux.com: Penguin or the Egg

Jul 24, 2000, 11:55 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I always find stories like these humorous. Why? Because the assumption is that Linux is just another business like all the big name software is now. People try so hard to fit Linux into their pre-concieved notion of how software has been developed, that they don't understand how Linux intends to (and in many ways already has) break out of that mold."

"Linux isn't a singular business. It doesn't depend on R&D money nearly as much as software businesses. It depends on users creating software, which bring in more users/developers, which create more software, which bring in more...."

"This process started slowly, and continued to increase. Yes, some commercial companies have taken interest, but the underlying OS and a lot of the software that runs on it are still based on the Open Source/Free Software ideals that launched and maintained it up to now. Linux isn't Windows. Linux isn't Microsoft. They are nothing like each other. Linux has a large following and that isn't going to go away. The chicken and the egg problem is strictly a concern for the commercial businesses that are into Linux. Some of them may fail before Linux truly makes it to the top, but Linux isn't going to disappear because a few of the companies interested in it do."

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