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InfoWorld: The profit motive is what will sell Linux and prevent Unix-like fragmentation

Feb 14, 2000, 02:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"It is interesting that critics of Linux tend to exaggerate the potential for Linux to fragment as an argument against the open-source operating system. They usually point to the number of unique Linux distributions as evidence, because there are occasional incompatibilities among them."

"Regardless of the distribution you pick, all of the incompatibilities of which I am aware can be solved without switching distributions. But their point is still well-taken. Linux distributors need to agree upon a standard API, among other things...."

"This multitude of distributors gives Linux something that is entirely lacking in the Windows world: operating system competition. That's why Windows is moving forward (and some would argue backward) at a snail's pace. But the competition among Linux distributions is speeding the evolution of Linux at a phenomenal rate."

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