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osOpinion: SCO into Caldera Without Getting SCalded

Sep 27, 2000, 08:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wesley Parish)

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"One of the more interesting pieces of news over the last few months has been Caldera's purchase of the Unix side of SCO. As Linux is the basis of Caldera's own product line, speculation has been rife about what will happen to the SVRn source code, and how it will impact Linux."

"Some people have suggested that Caldera open-source the entire source tree, while people on the other side of the spectrum have suggested that it will lead to the dilution of Linux's single source tree."

"Quite apart from the fact that the Linux community appears to tolerate porting the kernel to all manner of processors, and the development of all different kinds of distribution, without allowing the source tree to split, I feel the whole question of open-sourcing SVRn, versus proprietorizing Linux, is misstating the question."

"Linux, like Unix before it, is an example of "development by community", and once we realize that, it changes the focus entirely. What are the other things that rely on communities for their existence?"

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