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osOpinion: Time for Linux Soldiers to Join Forces

Jan 22, 2001, 17:50 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Carlyle)

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"Every week or so a new company creates its own distribution of Linux. Every other week a new program is ported over to Linux. Every month a new feature is inserted into Linux. And every year a major change is incorporated that expands the OS's capabilities."

"One major problem is that every change that makes the OS better is happening in multiple locations independent of the rest of the companies. That's like replacing the carpet in your home a square foot at a time."

"I know that each company is supposed to have access to the other's code, but how many times do you think that companies scour every line of code looking to see if their competition made a better change than they did? It seems to be that a consolidation is necessary for the continual maturing of the OS's features."

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