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Progeny Evolves Beyond Distribution Model - page 4

The Reports of Progeny's Demise...

  • October 17, 2002
  • By Brian Proffitt

Since Murdock was one of the early and significant members of the Linux community, the question of what he thinks about Linux in the here and now was bound to come up. Here, Murdock sat back a bit and smiled.

"I knew it was something special," he recalled, "but did I know it would become Microsoft's number one enemy? And IBM's best friend? No.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be this big," he added.

Because of its phenomenal growth, however, Murdock sees that the future of Linux will need to present some changes from the way things are now. Going back to his layer model of community, distributions, and customers, he said that while the Open Source community was perfectly fine, it would be the middle layer, the distributions, which would need to change.

Distributions, he said, would need to adapt to what the customers need, as customers would only go so far to adapt to the distributions and no farther. This adaptation could take many forms, but it is in this middle layer, between customers and the Open Source community where the chance for generating revenue would be found.

Murdock firmly believes that because of the great interest in Linux, there is an enormous chance for opportunity with Linux and Open Source software. More than enough to create some viable business models.

"We just need to be careful not to strip away the magic," Murdock said, which makes Linux so unique.

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