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South China Morning Post: TurboLinux chief predicts death without consolidation

Dec 12, 2000, 15:27 (16 Talkback[s])
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"Without rapid and widespread consolidation within the Linux community, the free system could be doomed to fail, according to a leading proponent of the system. Paul Thomas, chief executive and president of TurboLinux, said the hype that drove last year's Linux valuations had caused a backlash this year, with many enterprises nervous about the future of Linux distributors."

"We have to be customer-centric, we have to move into the enterprise, and the only way the enterprise will accept this is if we stop the fragmentation. The world does not need 150 Linux distributions," said Mr Thomas."

"If it is going to be adopted by enterprise, if it is going to be successful, we have got to get to a more standardised distribution. If we don't, I think it will be a tough run for all of us."

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