Posted Feb 28, 2006 20:15 UTC (Tue) by freeio
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
The thing to remember is that neither RedHat nor Novell/suse represent gnu/linux by themselves. Yes, they are a couple of popular distributions, but they nevertheless do not define what the users can or must use. If the code is free/libre, then there is the possibility that others will develop it further, or it is possible that it will wilt and die. But so what? Each approach to solving a preceived problem is useful, if for no ther reson than that it provides something to try and see if it is the best solution, or even a good one.
The great benefit to free software is that no one is forced to use any particular commerical distribution's preferred methods. We have the choice. That, in and of itself, is not fragmentation. It is merely part of the evolutionary process which is inherent to free software.
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