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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Companies usually run RHEL, SLES or some Debian flavor anyway and most of the software vendors (like Oracle, DB2) provide support for these distros. It's not hard really. Usually the binaries just work for any system (if they include statically-linked third party software as most of them do).

And those proprietery vendors that deliver for desktop users (Skype, Opera, Google) somehow manage to provide custom packages for most popular distros and some genric TGZ for others.

Saying that, I think more standarization (e.g. on libraries used in stable versions of major distribuitions) should be in place -- this would make the life of such vendors easier and encourage them to provide software via some standard mechanism for all distros like autopackage.

Still, I don't think this is the major issue blocking Linux adoption. OEM is.

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