A Fork in The Linux Community
December 20th, 2006 • General
We’ll see Linux stick with the GPLv2, leaving GPLv3 loitering awkwardly on the fringes of open-source.
We’ll see the crack between free software idealist and commercial open-source pragmatists grow into a true gap.
Steven J. has a few interesting speculations on the future of Linux. He believes that “there are growing signs that the Linux community itself is forking.”
I feel uneasy about the growing number of heated, sometimes offensive, discussions about non-sense. Yes, there’s an ongoing separation between groups, and I’m not understanding it. Firefox vs. IceWeasel, Debian vs. Ubuntu, FSF vs. Linus, Novell/Microsoft vs. The World; that’s not going to do us any good.
But believe it or not, I’m pretty sure that both Linux and GNU will survive and do just fine. Market pressure doesn’t work on independent developers. It never has, if you put unemployment aside.
The majority of “prophecy” articles I find about Linux only touch on commercial Linux distributions. They usually mean RedHat, SuSE and now Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux. But let’s not forget that Linux was driven by a need, rather than by profitable businesses. A need for a stable, very cheap, and (ironically) well-supported UNIX.
Do you think community competition could hurt Linux’s growth or adoption?