Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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The biggest strength of free software
by Ford Prefect on Wed 4th Feb 2009 15:25 UTC
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...is choice.

And choice here doesn't mean I have to select every single small program or even edit the code to fit my needs

Because of what? Because many others do it and are allowed to share their work. By that, they add real value to the software itself.

It is important to continue with this work, and it is far from being as redundant as it may seem from an outside perspective. First of all, the "one fits all" product doesn't exist. It is fine that there are mainstream products, but also important that the niches are filled as well. Second, redundancy based on competition is how market economy works. And the cases where market economy doesn't work well -- like creating monopolies -- are very well prevented by the free software principles (licenses).

Edited 2009-02-04 15:26 UTC

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