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searchEnterpriseLinux.com: Will success spoil Linux?

Mar 06, 2001, 23:40 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Cook)

"Linux is now the second most popular server operating system, and Microsoft admits the penguin OS poses a competitive threat."

"While some Linux lovers cheer, others worry Linux will fall victim to its own success, pulled in many directions and fractured into incompatible versions. Whether it is called growth, code bloat or commercialization, Linux is changing."

"Success has brought Linux to the brink of the dreaded specter of fragmentation into multiple, incompatible, versions, called forking. In the latest release, 2.4, the Linux kernel added better support for multiple processor servers, support for the Universal Serial Bus, large file sizes and other enhancements. It also added a lot of size and a good deal of complexity as the Linux team tried to make it fit the needs of the corporate world. Whether long-time Linux fans like it or not, Linux is not the simple little operating system hackers were downloading for their Intel boxes six or seven years ago."

"But will success spoil Linux?"

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