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Vendors increasingly control leading open-source projects

Aug 06, 2009, 04:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"But other "magic pixie dust" appears. Polish. Documentation. Enterprise acceptance. And more.

"Was Linux hurt by Red Hat's involvement? Hardly. Linux has thrived in tandem with Red Hat's prominent role in developing the Linux kernel.

"For those that think community-based support is the way to go, consider CentOS, a clone of Red Hat Enteprrise Linux. CentOS recently had its leader go AWOL. While the situation was eventually resolved, a serious vendor like Red Hat mitigates the vagaries of community whims, like Red Hat's Alan Cox deciding to stop working on tty development."

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