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[6]: Linux distro #37264828737
by WereCatf on Mon 20th Sep 2010 08:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Linux distro #37264828737"
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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?

Well, there's for example a dozen distros all aimed for desktop use. Ie. they all cater to the same thing, yet there still exists so many of them. And worse, a billion *buntu versions.

I personally think it'd be better to have the base distro only, ie. Ubuntu, and copy the meta-package system from Mandriva; you'd just install Ubuntu, then install task-education and POOF! You'd have all the needed education apps installed for example. Then to polish the thing you could just include a menu-item which then presents the available metapackages, explains them and their meaning, and allows you to easily install them with one click. This'd allow for more unity as there'd only be one Ubuntu, there wouldn't be a need to maintain so many different spin-offs and the devs could instead focus on their respective meta-package, and it'd be simpler for end-users. Well, atleast I think that'd be a good route to take.

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