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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Complaining about too many distros is like complaining about to many toothburshes to choose from at the store. A healthy market has choice and in a healthy market products fail and are replaced by competing products.

Distros are not toothbrushes, they are software projects that require skilled contributers for which there is a limited supply.

It doesn't make sense to have so many of them working on distros whose differences could be encapsulated within themes and custom packages. I realize this is the nature of open source but that doesn't mean that Linux users need to be supportive of all these general purpose distros.

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