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Computerworld: OpenSolaris Has a Leg Up on Linux

Nov 01, 2005, 23:30 (17 Talkback[s])
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"If there's one aspect of Linux that has led to its popularity, it's the ability of suitably enthused individuals to produce their own distribution. That feature has spawned thousands of different solutions and, in turn, has led to the creation of numerous tools, products and companies that have furthered the progress of Linux. For example, the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) system was introduced to help install the packages that make up Red Hat Inc.'s system. Today, most Linux software is distributed in RPM format, even if your system isn't necessarily Red Hat-based.

"The distribution model of Linux has also spawned many companies: Red Hat, SUSE (later bought by Novell) and others that would not exist without Linux..."

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