Google's revelation that it will create its own operating system will bring just one reaction from operating system enthusiasts worldwide.
"Not another Linux distribution," they'll cry.
They'll say this because if there is one problem that the Linux and open-source community has suffered repeatedly over the past two decades, it's been fragmentation.
It was bad enough that the Unix operating system fragmented repeatedly through the 1980s and 1990s. Systems administrators (like myself, earlier this decade) were forced to learn several different platforms: Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, FreeBSD...the list was always growing longer.
But the … Read more