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osOpinion: Correcting Linux Misconceptions; What Didn't Make it into "Is Linus Killing Linux?"

Feb 05, 2001, 23:56 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anthony Awtrey)

"As a technical consultant that provides Linux solutions, I am often called on to provide insight or comments in published technology articles about Linux. For example, I was recently asked by a reporter to comment on the development issues of the Linux kernel. She asked if I agreed that it was time to turn Linux kernel development over to a management team because IBM, Intel and others had now invested money in Linux."

"She also stated that the Linux 2.4 kernel was late in part because Linus Torvalds had a full-time job already. Finally, she asked that while the Open Source development model had worked well so far, couldn't it move faster with a dedicated team pushing it?"

"The story which resulted from her research was published on January 26th on Tech Web, amid serious controversy -- and without the comments I sent to her. Those comments form the basis of this editorial. The leading nature of the questions she asked betray a number of assumptions she has about Linux. Since she didn't see fit to include my rejection of her assumptions in her article, I'd like to correct those misconceptions here."

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