Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 10:26 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux Linux, the free operating system, has gone from an intriguing experiment to a mainstream technology in corporate data centers, helped by the backing of major technology companies like IBM, Intel, and HP, which sponsored industry consortiums to promote its adoption. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, with the system's penguin symbol, will assist the Linux Foundation. Those same companies have decided that the time has come to consolidate their collaborative support into a new group, the Linux Foundation, which is being announced today. And the mission of the new organization is help Linux, the leading example of the open-source model of software development, to compete more effectively against Microsoft, the world's largest software company.
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I'm sick of hearing that 'Linux' should have standardised package management, click and install software or be kinder to newbies.

The whole point is there is no such thing as 'Linux OS'. Linux is just a kernel. You add what you need to make an OS. You can have a CLI or a variety of desktop environments. You can run the kernel on a PDA, laptop or cluster.

Linux isn't a desktop environment designed to compete with OSX or Vista though some distros have been built using a Linux kernel to do so.

I'm using PCBSD to write this. It looks and feels exactly like a KDE Linux distro except there ain't no Linux kernel. The other difference is that it is faster and more stable than any of the many other linux distros I've used.

There is no technical reason why SUSE or Ubuntu or any other distro can't be based on any POSIX compliant kernel.

Edited 2007-01-22 12:11

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