Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 18:36 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Linux "US software maker Oracle is considering launching a version of the Linux operating system and has looked at buying one of the two firms dominating the technology, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Monday. As part of a recent study of the open-source software market, Ellison told the newspaper, Oracle had considered buying Novell, which after Red Hat is the biggest distributor of Linux."
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Fragmentation problem.
by tante on Mon 17th Apr 2006 19:55 UTC
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I don't know whether I like the whole "every company builds its own distro" thing.

A distribution has a basic concept of how things are done so in my opinion we either get
- a generic distribution that all big vendors use and rebrand with their logo everywhere (so it would have been smarter to find a good distro and support it)
- we get shitloads of incompatible and different distros, one for every big piece of software which would lead to more fragmentation

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RE: Fragmentation problem.
by JacobMunoz on Mon 17th Apr 2006 20:07 in reply to "Fragmentation problem."
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This is true, the number of distros is both a pro and con at once. Lots of choices gives you a nice selection, but creates a nightmare for developers.

I would like to see them 'piggy-back' (is that the right word) something like:

Fedora Core 5 'Oracle Edition' - replacing FC5 with your preferred plat.

This way, the development of the platform is left to the platform developers - and the application is left to the application developers.

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RE: Fragmentation problem.
by libray on Mon 17th Apr 2006 20:47 in reply to "Fragmentation problem."
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And this is the basic problem with "Flavor of the Week" distributions. If Oracle created their own distro, it could lead to incompatibilities with the Oracle database for others.

Personally, when I see things fork off for no reason, I cringe; ala: ubuntu, kbuntu. There is no difference except packages?? Thatís called software bundling.

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RE[2]: Fragmentation problem.
by vitae on Mon 17th Apr 2006 22:28 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation problem."
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Nah. All they need to do is come up with a common package management system that all the major corporate distros can agree on. The smaller distros can follow suit or not. Then the software vendors can develop apps for that system. Those distros that don't get on board, include it in will just be left without. Some distros use only free as in speech apps anyway, and wouldn't want anything to do with commerical apps anyway. That's their choice. Vendors like Red Hat, Novell and Sun (if they still intend to offer Linux on the desktop) need to agree on that one package management system.

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RE[2]: Fragmentation problem.
by Lorinel on Tue 18th Apr 2006 06:23 in reply to "RE: Fragmentation problem."
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Ubuntu and Kubuntu are the same distribution. More specifically... your normal Ubuntu install is a combination of ubuntu-desktop and ubuntu-base.

Kubuntu is... kubuntu-desktop and ubuntu-base... Honestly though I think they should change the names some.... ubuntu-gnome/ubuntu-kde or something but thats really a different issue ;)

They are meta-distributions. I would seriously like to see more of these meta-distributions show up... its just so much smarter then rolling a brand new distribution. Oracle could easily roll a oracle meta package... combine that with a ubuntu-server meta package and you have a 'oracle server distribution'. While I could download and install my 'oracle distribution' I could just as easily add the oracle and server meta packages to get the same thing, but mixed into my current installation.

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