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osOpinion: GNU is Now Unix?

Aug 23, 2001, 08:59 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly McNeill)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"If you ask me, Caldera's new adoption of open-source licenses for many of its products would have been better received approximately 10 years ago, but today the original awk and grep are worthless.

If I were the cynical type -- who me? -- I'd say that Caldera has realized that everybody prefers the GNU utilities, and that their proprietary versions have no commercial value. The company probably figures that it might as well score some PR points by releasing the code.

Contrast this with IBM, which has ported and Freed its JFS -- a modern file system that represents an important feature (and selling point) of AIX. In response to the new open-source mindset at Caldera, many are wondering when the company will release SCO's clustering code. If you ask me, probably 10 years after Linux clustering is mature."

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