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