Linux won't just die...
Posted on: 03/22/2000 01:24 PM

Two days ago, Zdnet had an article that stirred up the Linux community entitled "Linux vs. Linux". It stated that Forking would be to the downfall of Linux as it was to Unix. T.J Miller posted an article over at osopinion giving us his view on the Forking issue. Here's a snippit...
One very large difference between Linux forking and the forking found in the old *ix variants, is the fact that Open Source itself will keep forking to a negligible minimum. In the bad old days, a company laid out a ton of money to implement a particular flavor if *ix. If there were sudden incompatibilities and forks, then that company was stuck with the OS they chose, until they could justify the cost of installing yet another expensive *ix OS to overcome the problems that forking had presented. Nowadays, if a Linux distribution were to fork, then the company hasn't put any real money into the forked distribution, so changing the kernel to overcome the fork wouldn't cost any more than the sysadmin's time and whatever the new distribution would cost.
*phew* maybe we don't have anything to worry about. This is an interesting read, you can check out the rest of his article here.




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