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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open standards not standard platforms
by unclefester on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 13:44 UTC
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We need to emphasise the use of open standards rather than standardising platforms.

Thousands of different models of cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses from numerous manufacturers coexist on our roads. That is because transport is an 'open standard' with well defined protocols.

However many people think that we should all drive identical white Honda Civics because it would be simpler for mechanics and motor repairers to stock parts and repair them.

The ruthless Darwinian world of Open Source means that only the best survives. Go to sourceforge and see the thousands of stagnant projects that have been sidestepped or forked.

I wouldn't be suprised if the Linux kernel goes the same way as Hurd in a few years and it would be no tragedy if something better replaced it.

I have recently entered the post-Linux world of FREEBSD without any real dramas after 2 years full time on Linux. Prior to that I was an XP, 2K, Win 98, 0S7.1 - OS8.6, DOS, Commodore 64 and PDP11 user.

The world constantly changes and we need to change with it.

Edited 2007-01-22 13:46

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