D.J. Walker-Morgan of The H writes the most important Linux/free-software article of the week — Why Linux fragmentation is not its weakness but its strength:
The Linux ecosystem will never, as a whole, be full of success stories. Any ecosystem that supports so many different projects and which offers developers the ability, for low-to-no incidental cost, to produce software to address even the smallest niche audience is going to be, in general, full of projects that may have succeeded or failed on their own terms, but were never in any danger of becoming what the wider world would call successful. The real conundrum of Linux is that fragments of that ecosystem do become successful, though ironically, they tend to do so by becoming more distinctive fragments.