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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So it's about developer resources. Why allow developers to choose where they put there time and effort when you can just dictate that they all work on your pet project then? We'll just decree that Red Hat and any other distribution maintainer merge into one megacorp too then? We better tell the people behind Backtrack that they can't produce a superbe security distribution anymore because it's too specialized; it's not an assimilated part of "MegaLinux; the one true path".

Do we also decide that all those engineers wasting effort for different car companies need to consolidate and give us one standard car assembly to not quite fit everyone's different needs? How do we decide which product categories are allowed to have multiple models from multiple competitors and which are not?

See Linux Distributions are all different products from different companies. Red Hat and Ubuntu have very different target purposes though they happen to be inter-operable and assembled from similar commodity parts. "Linux" is not all one single product unless you really mean just the kernel alone.

The nice thing in all this is that resources are still shared where it counts. Red Hat and Canonical both contribute code back into the kernel and various other projects. We have a healthy market full of distributions to choose from while having competitors contribute to each other's base products. In terms of development effort, your concern, the workload is already shared.

Based on the license, one can't really remove the freedom to create a new distribution eiehr

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