Hemos from the from-your-first-drawing-breath-to-your-last-dying-day dept.
Rob writes "Red Hat's CEO has rejected the idea that a reduction in the number of Linux
distributions would be good for the industry, and described Novell's acquisition of SUSE
Linux as "theatre". There are over 300 distributions listed on DistroWatch.com,
but Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat's CEO, Matthew Szulik, maintained that choice and
specialization outweighed any advantage that might be gained by focusing customer
attention on a smaller number of offerings. He was particularly disdainful of acquiring
other distributions for the sake of protecting or expanding market share. "We have
zero ambition to do that," he said. "I think when
people approach the problem with an eye on consolidation it destroys the idea of natural
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