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Inter@ctive Week: The Little Engine That Might

Aug 21, 2000, 17:58 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Fixmer)

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"One of the great pleasures of following the computer industry in the last few years has been witnessing the unlikely evolution of Linux from a passionate movement into a rapidly maturing industry standard. Any doubts about the promise and power of this operating system should have been answered last week at LinuxWorld."

"Like all things democratic, a truly free and open operating system (OS) will require constant vigilance by an industry that is organized not to collaborate, but to compete. What's more, sundry paradoxes threaten to stymie even the sincerest efforts to create a lingua franca platform that is simultaneously free, open, universal and dynamic."

"For example, can we ever agree on what code should or should not be part of an OS? ... Today, the "what belongs" issue is manifesting itself in Linux in the form of code supplied by value-added service developers such as Caldera Systems and Red Hat. ... Just as contrarian is the issue of the graphical user interface - the one feature that distinguishes OSes in users' minds."

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