Linux fragmenting at last?
Posted Mar 1, 2006 1:13 UTC (Wed) by cventers
Parent article: Linux fragmenting at last?
I think the idea that Linux is forking is rather silly. The fact that the
system is made up of little tiny pieces means that it is inherently forky.
It's up to the distributors to play fork. If the distributors don't
differentiate, there's no reason to choose one over another.
What holds it together, I think, is rather ironic - it's ability to fork.
Since it's a part of the very nature of Linux, it just works.
The important pieces - glibc and the kernel - stay in tact. Glibc I don't
know a lot about, but I'm betting its because doing a libc isn't fun to a
lot of people. (And besides, when libc exists to uphold a standard,
forking seems kind of silly). As for the kernel, Linus has the right
personality and the right attitude. And anyone who gets too far from home
either ends up coming back or quitting. The fact that there's really very
little in terms of management structure - just anyone can walk in and say
"here's my code", needing nothing but good ideas and a solid
implementation, well, it's really a blessing.
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