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ZDNet: Linux Faces Unix-like Fragmentation

Aug 20, 2002, 23:30 (50 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keith Denton)

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"I am not an open source zealot. Nor am I a Microsoft basher. I am just an observer. My company was the first large software company to endorse Windows NT back in the mid 90s when we shifted off our proprietary Unix platform (known as Clix). In fact, we were the world's largest NT development house for a couple of years before NT went mainstream. However, prior to that, we joined the OSF and embraced Motif (X-windows, you know) along with our Unix brethren at HP, Sun, IBM, etc. If you know your history, then you know where that went. We got exactly one product line (out of over 500) out the door before OSF was pushing up daisies. That cost us some credibility, as we had to revive our previous non-X GUI, not to mention the wasted money. Anybody who thinks that Sun, Dell, IBM, and HP can peacefully coexist in the Linux world is smoking something they shouldn't be. And anybody that thinks Linux as it was two years ago will be basically the same two years from now is smoking the same stuff.

"This brings me to my second point. Open source as an anti-establishment uprising against commercial software and OSes is an interesting avocation, but I think the industry has seen zero profit coming out of it. The Linux OS trail already has left some casualties behind - VA Linux for one. Red Hat is doing the only logical thing to stay viable and start making money. UnitedLinux appears to be a poorly formulated strategy to stay alive by keeping one foot in open source Shangri-la while putting the other foot in the market..."

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