Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:18 UTC, submitted by gireesh
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It's been a troubling couple of weeks for Mandriva, but I decided not to report on it since I found it hard to unravel the events leading up to all this. Now, though, the story has come to its (logical) conclusion: now that most of Mandriva's employees have been laid off, they came together and forked Mandriva. Enter Mageia.
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RE: Linux distro #37264828737
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 00:39 UTC in reply to "Linux distro #37264828737"
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At some point there will be more Linux distros than users.

Oh dear, you aren't on about that again are you?

Here, do yourself a favour and do some reading:

If we do the math we find that due to netbooks alone Linux captured nearly 6% of the desktop market in 2009.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Using a slide to visualize OS market share Ballmer had Linux desktop market share as a slightly larger slice of the pie than MacOS.

Rather than simply believe whatever rubbish you are spoon-fed, educate yourself a little beyond what the media-marketing-powers-that-be want you to believe.

BTW: If you are having trouble deciding on a Linux distribution to use, just choose one upon which others base themselves. There are really only four choices: Debian, RedHat, OpenSuSe and Slackware.

ReHat is primarily for servers (use CentOS if you don't need paid support). SuSe is being sold. Slackware isn't all that user-friendly, and it is getting a bit long in the tooth now.

That leaves debian/Ubuntu. Debian is more stable in its "stable" long-term-support version (currently, this is Lenny), but less user-friendly and has less of a following, so online help isn't as prevalent. Use the MEPIS distribution if you opt for Debian, to help a bit in the user-friendliness department.

The best choice for a Linux desktop at this time is thus, probably, Ubuntu LTS (aka Ubuntu 10.04, or Ubuntu Lucid Lynx). This distribution comes in KDE, GNOME, XFCE and LXDE flavours, going from the most powerful desktop down to the most lightweight. Choose one depending on the relative capability (or lack of age, if you will) of your hardware. If you have high-end or relatively recent hardware, and/or you are very familiar with Windows, then KDE will probably represent the best choice of desktop, otherwise choose GNOME unless your hardware is relatively old or under-powered, in which case the LXDE variant is probably your best bet ("Lubuntu" is the name of the Ubuntu variant you want for LXDE).

Edited 2010-09-20 00:46 UTC

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