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[5]: Linux distro #37264828737
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 04:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Linux distro #37264828737"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

"Linux distros ~= a few hundred Linux (desktop) users (according to Ballmer): slightly > Mac Osx users ~= 7% of desktop users ~= (rough estimate) 35 million users. 35 million >>> a few hundred. QED.
Stop taking everything so literally. His comment quite clearly meant that the last thing we need is an yet another linux distro. The numbers themselves are irrelevant, learn to hyperbole. "

Who are you to tell me what to do? I know what his comment was meant to imply, and I refute it utterly.

Linux distro's are intended to cover different use cases, in order to make it un-necessary for users to have to identify their own set of packages with perhaps unfamiliar names.

Some examples:

For security (digital forensics, if you will):
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06276

Specialist distribution for use as a firewall:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06280

Japanese language:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06273

Boot from portable media:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy

Home entertainment/TV:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mythbuntu

Mathematics and statistics:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=scientific

System rescue / data recovery:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=systemrescue

Education:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=edubuntu

Audio, video & graphics:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ubuntustudio

These are all based on the same few base distributions, and they are simply easy-to-install variations meant for different specific purposes.

Why shouldn't people have the choice of these distributions, and more, if they are found to be useful?

Edited 2010-09-20 04:37 UTC

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