Linux as a uniting force for Unix
A recent editorial made some pretty solid statements about Linux vis a vis other implementations of Unix, but(it seemed to me) to miss the obvious point. Kernels differ in no small part because of the architecture being employed, but the interface or rather, choice of interfaces is pretty consistent across Linux distributions, due not to Linus T. or his kernel, but GNU/FSF's contributions to the standard toolkit.I'm a big fan of Linux, but using GNU tools BSDs would be a similar experience to using Linux, in terms of the end user, so the real issue is the means of access to kernel services, ie shells and basic Unix tools. It might NOT be a good thing for the Linux kernel to edge out other kernels, but it WOULD be a good thing to make Unix seamless from one platform to another, whether it's BSD, HPUX, AIX, or Linux. That's a job for GNU and Unix users to aim for.