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UnitedLinux controversy

Standards in general can receive the same criticism. Normally, the market 
leaders avoid standards so that everyone else must follow their lead. (eg. 
IBM in the mainframe arena and Microsoft in the PC arena). In one sense 
standards stifle creativity, but on the other hand, standards provide a 
lower cost of use by the user in things like reduced training, protection 
of software assets, etc. It also tends to prevent one vendor from locking 
in, not the other way around.

Since Finnbarr Murphy is our speaker at the next meeting, it would be a 
perfect forum to discuss United Linux.

John Abreau wrote:
> It's not about more choices, it's actually about less choices. UnitedLinix 
> looks to me like a blatant attempt to establish vendor lock-in for the 
> whole
> commercial application market. 
Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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