[CentOS] Headline - Linux misses Windows of opportunity
tim at registriesltd.com.au
Thu Sep 29 22:45:20 UTC 2005
> Its apples and oranges. MS can afford to do whatever their customers
> want since Windows, Office, and all their other software is *theirs*
> (or licensed for their use).
> Given enough financial incentive (a big enough customer base
> requesting feature x) MS can do whatever they want with their code to
> sell feature x to more customers.
> Red Hat doesn't *own* Linux. While they can aid in development, and
> help point it in a certain direction, there are numerous things about
> Linux they have no control over and never will.
Actually Redhat (or anyone else) can do whatever they want with Linux
because they have the source code. Of course their changes won't
necessarily be accepted by the Linux kernel project but that's not
necessary. If they believe that change is worth the effort they could
fork the kernel for their own internal use, or keep doing what they do
now and just apply patches to their kernel RPMs to change whatever they
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