Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2007 22:42 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux "Remember the 1980s worries about how the 'forking' of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows."
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Solution for too many distros
by michuk on Thu 19th Jul 2007 23:00 UTC
michuk
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2006-08-08

The text is interesting to read but full of misconceptions. Linux isn't a forking mess. Linux distributions serve the same software, only in different versions. Nothing like a fork.

If you also are lost in the distro mess there is an easy solution: you should visit polishlinux.org to make your choice easier ;)

* Linux distros ovieview: http://polishlinux.org/linux/
* BSD family ovieview: http://polishlinux.org/bsd/
* Distro chooser: http://polishlinux.org/choose/quiz/
* Distro comparisons: http://polishlinux.org/choose/comparison/

And you're all set. If not, there's always DistroWatch.

What I want to say is that ONLY THE CHOICE IS HARD. After you make the choice, the number of distributions isn't important for you since you can use all the software other distributions use anyway. The choice is a good thing, not bad. And for those who don't like to make choice, there are always pre-installed versions by Dell and others.

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