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LinuxWorld: Achieving a Linux standard

Feb 19, 2001, 13:16 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"A standard would free vendors from duplicated effort and incompatibility problems."

"Even though Mandrake boasts that its Linux distribution is the hottest in retail sales, the company considers its retail product a loss leader. SuSE laid off two-thirds of its US employees. TurboLinux is cutting back on its work force and may soon wed Linuxcare in order to refocus its efforts on services. Stormix, a Debian-based commercial distributor, recently filed for bankruptcy. Corel is getting nowhere with its Linux distribution. In other words, most Linux distributions -- even the ones with growing market shares -- are coming to the conclusion that they can't make their money selling Linux."

"Welcome to the reality of selling a free operating system."

"There are a number of reasons why Linux distributions are dying or shrinking and, I predict, will soon consolidate. The first and foremost is that most Linux distributors continue to base their added value on things like ease of installation or additional packages on the CD."

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