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CNET News: Unix Pioneer An Open-Source Killjoy?

Aug 17, 2002, 02:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun Microsystems began selling its first general-purpose Linux servers this week, but Bill Joy, Sun's chief scientist and a pioneer in designing Unix, has voiced doubts about Linux's open-source underpinnings.

"'The open-source business model hasn't worked very well,' Joy said at an event here Tuesday to introduce a squad of new software executives at Sun.

A business link, he said, is important for ensuring customer support that doesn't rely on volunteer help and for letting market forces select between competing packages such as the KDE and Gnome software that give Linux a graphical user interface.

"'With open-source software, it's more the ego that sorts it out,' Joy said..."

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