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Ping Wales: What Is This Linux Thing?

Jan 28, 2005, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Linux has been a very popular buzzword for the last few years, recently edging out 'paradigm' as the buzzword of choice in IT circles. It is used to describe a number of things, several of which have little or nothing to do with Linux.

"Firstly, Linux is a trademark owned by Linus Torvalds. The word Linux is often used without trademark acknowledgement and may have already become a generic term so it is entirely likely that an attempt to defend the trademark would fail. In contrast, the Open Group has been fairly zealous in maintaining the UNIX trademark--last year suing Apple for describing Mac OS X as UNIX without first submitting it for certification..."

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