Well Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian’s civil war.The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drowned out by the din of gunfire; and glasses are perpetually rattling down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon.It was something of a relief, in fact, when the ever-thoughtful mavens over at Linux Voice raised a question that’s related, but far less emotional than what has dominated the discussions so far.”Is there too much forking in FOSS?” is the title of Linux Voice’s latest “Voice of the Masses” poll, and the title says it all. FOSS fans put the Systemd Inferno out of their minds for a bit and took some time to ponder. “Absolutely no,” began Linux Rants blogger Mike Stone, for example.”Forking is how Linux evolves, and to limit forking only stifles Linux and its potential,” Stone told Linux Girl. “Forking allows for Linux — and other FOSS applications — to try two or more different approaches to a problem, and let the community decide.”Forks that are successful then continue… Read full this story
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