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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RE: Nope, cannot agree ...
by jruschme on Fri 20th Jul 2007 14:37 UTC in reply to "Nope, cannot agree ..."
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It ignores that many of those distributions are actually a single distribution (i.e. Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Kubuntu are all repackaged versions of the same distribution).

Let me go a step further...

I think the 369 number really fails to account for the fact that there are really a small number (<10 ?) of what I would call "parent" distributions. These include Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Slackware, Mandriva and Gentoo. These distros form the basis for other distributions (e.g., Debian->Ubuntu->[Freespire,Mepis,Mint]) which then form the basis of other distros (Freespire->Linspire) or are repacked into more focused distros (appliance distros).

It would be interesting to see a tree of the 396 with links based on the upstream distro which provides the basis of their packages. I suspect it would look like the tree which claims we are all decended from one of six women.

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