The fork in Linux' road

Summary:Today Matt Broersma at ZDNet UK offers some real wisdom on how the Free Standards Group (FSG) is fighting Microsoft's latest charge against Linux, the possibility of forking. The Microsoft charge that Linux "has the potential to fragment like Unix did" resonates with many enterprise customers.

Today Matt Broersma at ZDNet UK offers some real wisdom on how the Free Standards Group (FSG) is fighting Microsoft's latest charge against Linux, the possibility of forking.

The Microsoft charge that Linux "has the potential to fragment like Unix did" resonates with many enterprise customers. The response is the Linux Standard Base. Version 2.0 went out last September, and a group called the Linux Core Consortium (Conectiva, Mandrakesoft, Progeny, and Turbolinux)are engineering a binary of 2.0they all plan to commit to.>

If application developers get behind the LSB, then Linux becomes a common platform, the FSG says. If they don't, you might just stick a fork in open source -- it will be done.

That's what they think, anyway. What do you think? Personally I would like to see IBM and a few other giants in the LCC. But you can let me have it for that in TalkBack. In fact I invite you to.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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