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Linux in crisis?

Monday, November 27, 2006

"Between Oracle's support offering and Microsoft's patent pledge, recent events could prove significant for the Linux operating system market... but has all this just put Linux into a crisis?"

That is the question: Is Linux in a crisis? I feel that in many ways, Linux is in a crisis... but I think a better way of seeing it is as a crossroads. With all the FUD being spread about the Novell/ Microsoft deal and Oracle's recent announcement to start offering full Red Hat Linux support... this is a true turning point in the history of Linux. Where will it go from here? Will it finally make the final leap into the realm of full scale of enterprise? And where will its roots be then? Still in the community?
For a while now, I have remained rather silent about the Novell/ Microsoft deal. At first glance, it looked as if it could really help Linux. But now, I am growing increasingly uneasy about the whole affair. I have used SUSE Linux for almost my entire time with Linux. It has always just worked, and when I want to do something... I can. Nothing is holding me back. I don't want to abandon SUSE, but I definitely think that Novell, in a way, has betrayed its community and the whole idea of open source/ free software/ and ultimately Linux. But, on the other hand, this could be a great opportunity for Linux to finally get know in the wide scale enterprise market. Yet does that justify an abortion of what Linux has always stood for?
In any case, hang on Tux... it looks like a rough ride to come.
Perhaps I have come a bit off topic from the article. So, take a read, let me know what you think. I love comments.

Read the full article @ Computer Business Review Online.
And let the rest of the world know too! Digg this story.
posted by linnerd40, Monday, November 27, 2006


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