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Apr 15, 2003, 19:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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"It's quite possible that Linus Torvalds didn't realise what he was starting when he first honed the concept of open source software into a suggested operating environment called Linux.

"If that wording seems obtuse, it's because of the particular rigours of discussion about Linux and open-source software in public. For example, 'What is Linux?' would seem a simple question with a simple answer: it's an operating system.

"But say or write that in public and the open source dogs of war will descend on you. Linux is a specification, an outline, a concept, a set of rules, a set of components, or a set of something else, depending on who you ask.

"Solaris is an operating system, Linux isn't. Red Hat Linux is--sort of. Should you care? Absolutely not..."

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