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LinuxWorld Australia: 'Choice in Linux Distros is Healthy' Says Torvalds

Jul 18, 2003, 16:00 (8 Talkback[s])

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"One question on everybody's mind when they are thinking about Linux and how it will fit into the enterprise mould is that of whether the number of known distributions--believed to have reached approximately 130--is helping or hurting Linux. This week at 'CA World' in Las Vegas, a handful of the Linux world's most influential activists gave their viewpoints on that issue.

"Juergen Geck, CTO of SuSE Linux AG, agreed that the question of whether Linux was likely to fragment, until there are 50 flavors of Linux like there were 20 to 30 flavors of Unix is a very common one.

"'My take on the issue,' he said, 'is that it won't happen though because SuSE, for example, doesn't own Linux, neither does Red Hat. Whereas Solaris exists because Sun Microsystems tries to produce a best of breed...'"

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