Fragmentation is Good and Bad for Linux

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 11, 2010 12:45 PM EDT; By Jim Zemlin
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Lately I have been hearing criticism about embedded Linux and how fragmentation, as represented by the many flourishing Linux projects such as Meego, Android and webOS, is bad and dangerous for Linux; these critics suggest that fragmentation will hinder Linux’ ability to compete with companies like Microsoft and Apple. I disagree, which is not surprising. But the market and marketing strategists also disagree. Citing the familiar ogre of fragmentation shows a limited view of the Linux economy. The Linux platform is both fragmented and unified.

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