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TechWeb: Novell Preps For Major Battle With Red Hat

Nov 06, 2003, 18:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Linux kernel developer and founder Linux [sic] Torvalds does not typically comment on the business of Linux but said Novell's move creates a two-horse race and will help prevent one company from monopolizing in the Linux OS space.

"'Novell seems to be interested in not just servers, but the desktop as well,' said Torvalds, who this year became a Fellow with the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL). 'It's clear that a lot of the big players really want to have at least two major Linux distributors to balance things out and keep everybody honest and on their toes, which is probably why you'll find IBM supporting the deal...'"

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