Inter@ctive Week: The Little Engine That Might
Aug 21, 2000, 17:58 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Fixmer)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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
"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."