Would consolidation drive Linux forward?

Summary:Would open source be better served if we had more mergers in this space, and fewer players?

China FlagHere's a great question to ponder this weekend.

Would consolidation be good for Linux?

The question occurs because China apparently thinks it would be. Three of the biggest players in the Linux space there are talking mega-merger

Turbolinux China, Red Flag Software, and Beijing Co-Create Open Source figure that if they get together they can become another Baidu and get rich quick. (Or their investment banker could be honored as the country's model worker, like Yao Ming.)

More important, a big merger would also provide the marketing and management heft needed to push things forward against the dominant OS in the region, which is pirated copies of Windows.

My question, of course, relates more to the U.S. Would open source be better served if we had more mergers in this space, and fewer players? Would Linux move forward faster if there were fewer distributors?

Personally, I don't think so. But I am neither a model worker nor an investment banker.

Topics: China


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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