Linux fragmenting at last? Give me a break.
Posted Feb 28, 2006 20:29 UTC (Tue) by proski
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
The difference from UNIX fragmentation is that major players in the GNU/Linux field can easily abandon their approach and take the competitor's technology. For example, Novell can abandon AppArmor in favor of SELinux is the former fails to achieve community support. Likewise, Red Hat can ship Xegl if it has better hardware support. Moreover, RedHat can implement AIGLX on top of Xegl and keep using its patched Metacity. In a similar vein, Novell could provide some compatibility layers for the software relying on AppArmor.
In the UNIX world, anything like that would involve big money changing hands. That's why UNIX companies kept working on their own software even if it was inferior in some serious aspects.
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