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Hot off the Press - News and Cmmentary
April 28, 2004 by Keith Benicek, Editor

Red Hat vs. Sun Micro Trade Verbal Cat Fight Over Linux Distro's

It appears that now that Linux “turf wars” are breaking out in the midst of the SCO trials to just stay viable as an Open Source entity. Can’t Linux just get a break?

Last week Sun Microsystems President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz's claimed in an eWeek interview, that Red Hat is distributing of Linux that doesn’t follow the path everyone else is taking. He worries that Sun offering an Open Source JAVA under the GNU General Public License (GPL) because the GPL encourages forking. Schwartz said, “Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is an example of that.

"There is a fork in the Linux world - Red Hat and the others," Schwartz said. "Red Hat has pretty much forked the distribution. This has given Red Hat tremendous gains for now, but ultimately it's an impediment in the growth of Linux."

Now hmmm, I wonder what the folks at Red Hat thought about these words of wisdom and opinion from the Sun Microsystems President?

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So we made a call and when all the swearing was over (joking), Red Hat’s spokesperson Leigh Day officially said “We are fully committed to open source and our code reflects that. Red Hat has no proprietary software built in our distribution. Our core strategy is built on open source and we will not deviate from that strategy."

Even Linux founder Linus Torvalds said Schwartz is mistaken. "Sure, RH definitely has their own vendor kernel," Torvald's told eWeek, "but it's not proprietary, and a number of the top Linux kernel contributors are Red Hat employees."

Well all this platform is actually very good for Linux, because it means that Linux is healthy and sales are progressing, or competitors wouldn’t be sniping at each other. So are we saying this juvenile name-calling should go on? Yeah, so of for the sake of making a dull platform exciting, like the entertaining angry Mac OS zealots provide the media laughs. But we of course want an ultimate cooperation between major developers which will allow Linux to grow and blossom into wide-spread use.



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