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Linux Journal: Highlights of Atlanta (Annual) Linux Showcase

Oct 19, 2000, 23:27 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"Atlanta has always had the reputation for being the elite geek conference. Even though there were enough PR and marketing people there this year to make some of us wish for a genetically engineered animal that eats press kits and tastes good, ALS was a fun, informative show."

"I asked Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International, about what happens now that Linux is the de facto standard for UNIX on Intel. But he points out that Linux still has a long way to go as a standard platform, and adds, "One thing that the Linux community had better pay attention to is maintaining binary compatibility across releases."

"Binary compatibility? Yes. "The lack of binary compatibility helped kill UNIX systems," Maddog says. "People didn't understand what was really wanted by customers and ISVs." So distributions can consider themselves warned."

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