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ComputerWorld: Too Many Linuxes? No Way, Say Users; OK because flavors are interchangeable

Oct 25, 1999, 15:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

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"To users and analysts, the myriad Linux distributions are like penguins, the Linux mascot: The various species have different plumage, but under the feathers, they all walk like penguins."

"Rather than being disappointed with a lack of breakthrough innovations, though, users say the technological differences among Linux distributions is a blessing. As long as the distributions are interchangeable, corporate users remain independent of their vendors..."

"Meanwhile, one of the few mandates of Linux's General Public License is that changes to the operating system itself must be made freely available to everyone else, meaning vendors must share anything that would give them a competitive advantage."

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