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Hoosier Penguin: Mission Creep

Jan 24, 2007, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"I found the news of the merger between the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) into the big mongo Linux Foundation quite... interesting. I know many of the players involved in putting this who shebang together, so it is very hard for me to dismiss the LF as yet-another-big-dreams-and-no-follow-through organization (see: KDE League, UnitedLinux, etc.) Still, one can only wonder, when the spin put on most of the media coverage went something like this: 'two large Linux organizations have joined forces to battle Microsoft on the desktop.'

"At first, I thought this was just another way my media colleagues were building more conflict to generate more interest. Y'know, the 'Man Bites Dog' approach. But then I saw an interview with Jim Zemlin in the Indian publication EFYTimes. There, he stated 'Linux is promoted by many smaller voices joining in a chorus to promote the platform. That is something no company, not even Microsoft, can compete with forever...'"

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