"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
"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
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