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Bob Young: Why Linux Won't Fragment

Will Linux fork? Journalists have been asking the question of late. The question is legitimate: Unix forked in nasty ways that hurt the whole Unix community and the whole Unix industry. But that was then, this is now, says Red Hat chairman Bob Young. Many reasons for Unix forking don't apply today. Hardware has become a commodity, and software rules. No one developing, using or selling Linux has an incentive to fork, Young says. Not only would the community suffer --the forker would suffer, too. It's self-interested human nature, not simple magnanimity, that keeps Linux from fragmenting. He explains:
Bob Young, 01 2000