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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I have been using Linux since 1993, back before it even had a TCP/IP stack built int, when I found it while looking for a free way to do C development at home. I would personally be happy if every computer in the world ran Linux.


The fact there are endless distros is perfectly fine, and even welcome by me. There is something for every need out there.

BUT, the fact that every single one uses a different layout of the file system, puts configuration settings in different places, uses a different packaging system (and makes it impossible to use packages across distros), its TOTALLY FRICKING INSANE AT THIS POINT.

It almost makes me wish PC-BSD would have gotten their licensing act together sooner so it would have had a chance to be what Linux is today.

There are lots of BSD distros, but they pretty much all use the same system configuration scheme, can easily install packages from one to the other etc.

The only hope is that we are now down to pretty much only TWO MAJOR types of Linux distros. Those based on the redhat/fedora way using RPM, /etc/sysconfig etc... and those based on the DEBIAN way.

We should just pick one and give it up. Either debian needs to get a clue and go with RPM etc or Redhat needs to move to using debian style stuff.

Until this happens, Linux is going to be about 1/100th as popular as it could be given a chance.

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