Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Aug 2006 18:15 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "How many distributions does the Linux world need? And what exactly is a distribution, as opposed to just an edition of another distribution? Why is it that there are so many developers who feel inclined to start their own project instead of joining another, more established one?"
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RE: The answer
by Hetfield on Mon 28th Aug 2006 21:02 UTC in reply to "The answer"
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As many as there are people willing to start new ones. It's about a little thing called freedom.

Your answer is wrong because you misunderstood the question. The question was, "How many distributions does the Linux world need?" and you provided the usual but strange reply concerning freedom. You see, there's so such thing as a direct dependency between 'need' and 'freedom', and nowhere in the world does 'freedom' magically create 'needs'.

Likewise, in the Linux world, the freedom to create distributions does not mean that there's actually need of new ones.

"A handful" is probably a much better answer. Excess harms, as does lack. In a perfect Linux world, we'd have a handful of distributions, leaving enough room for choices and individual preferences and your 'freedom', covering most needs and expanding limitations where new needs grow; enough distributions to create a healthy atmosphere of competition and joy of steady improvement, but not so many that focus and strength are wasted on badly reinventing things.

Edited 2006-08-28 21:12

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RE[2]: The answer
by r_a_trip on Mon 28th Aug 2006 21:17 in reply to "RE: The answer"
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Thought out within the confines of the conventional market where succeeding is an economical demand on monetary grounds. Since most fringe distributions are a passtime of their respective developers, it doesn't matter if they exist or not. They are a labour of love and don't answer to the bottom line.

They don't take from nor add anything to (most of the time) where GNU/Linux really matters. Where GNU/Linux matters, there are still the top ten choices. Where people consciously choose to use something other than the "big ten", it was beneficial without harming anybody.

Fragmentation is a "Ghost of FUD" flung around for various reasons. Truth is, that GNU/Linux is GNU/Linux is GNU/Linux. The similarities are far greater than any perceived differences. For proprietary binaries, there is always static linking. For FL/OSS it is just a recompile.

The biggest problem GNU/Linux faces is Old-Think.

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