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CNET News.com: Singing hosannas for Linux - Interview with Dan Frye, Director IBM Linux Technology Center

Mar 27, 2001, 08:09 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

"Any risk that history might repeat itself--but with Linux becoming a victim of the same kind of intra-community competition?" "With the o source model, you really can't screw it up. Because its GPL, Linux is not going to fragment. Now we don't see this as a competition with Windows. In ten years, we know there's going to be at least three operating systems. There may be more, but there are going to be at least three: OS 390, NT and Linux."

" What about time to market concerns as far as developing for corporations? The Linux kernal approval process has to go through Linus Torvalds. Does that vetting procedure add extra time into the process?"

"It actually makes for a faster process. It becomes a slightly unpredictable one, but still it's a faster process. Linux is very modular as one of the design principles that you add things and you don't need to change theentire operating system. So, if an IBM wants a new feature in Linux, a file system or a new volume management system, you would do it according to the rules of how the community works. You show that it works, put it up on the Web site, and get people to use it and feel comfortable, etc. At some point,when it's good enough, it'll go into the kernal."

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