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 problem with distros...
by Yamin on Wed 4th Feb 2009 16:18 UTC
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The problem with distros is that none of them want to be real distributions. It is great to have this open source eco-system. The problem is at some point you have to come out with a finalized product.

So far, every linux distro I've tried doesn't want to commit to this finalized product. I use Ubuntu and I still don't know what is the 'right' way to connect my wireless. I end up using wifi-radar. Whereas in Windows, there is one network manager. Sure you can install other tools to manage it. I actually think it was a slip up for Windows to not support wifi quick enough so that other tools like odessy client were allowed to proliferate. Nonetheless, for the average home user in windows, there is now one way to manage your connections.

This little issue expands when you throw in all the other choices (gnome/KDE... nvidia-settings, various applets, ... synaptic, package manager). The end result is you feel like a distribution is just a bunch of packages thrown together for you manage.

This is one the reasons why Ubuntu is as successful as it is... it's default configuration is pretty good... not great... but pretty good. Consider OSX... built on a nix kernel, but it makes the choices and delivers you one final product.

This is really where linux distros are lacking. None of them are final distributions.

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