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RE: Who Cares?
by puggle on Thu 15th Mar 2007 03:29 UTC
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Member since:
2007-03-14

@twenex:

"I'm not even going to bother trying to counter the "There are too many Linux distributions, we need One Linux Distribution To Bind Them All" argument.

Instead, I'm going to ask: When (not if) those putting forth the argument are proven wrong, will you FINALLY eat humble pie? "

See, you need to take your head out of the sand long enough to read this week's news:

Dell Computer is *toying* with the idea of offering Linux pre-installed on its products, but is hesitant to do so because it cannot yet figure out *which* Linux.

The business consideration here is that Dell can't reasonably offer support for more than a very few Linux distros, if indeed more than one. And, when they asked the Linux community which Linux distro to go with, guess how many answers they got?

So you see, in the REAL world, hardware makers are hesitant to offer Linux-based products because of the proliferation of Linux flavors.

YOU might think that having over a hundred distros is healthy for Linux, but if it slows the adoption and hardware support of Linux, I sure can't see that it's a very healthy situation.

And, by the way, I have no intention of eating humble pie anytime soon, but if I may, can I pass you a napkin?

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RE: RE: Who Cares?
by SReilly on Thu 15th Mar 2007 17:37 in reply to " RE: Who Cares?"
SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

I'm afraid it is you who do not understand, specifically the Linux kernel. There could be 1 billion Linux distros out there, they still all use the same base, the Linux kernel. If a machine has support for one distribution, it will have support for all.

Even though any distribution may change, add or remove certain elements, the fact remains that any additions to the kernel must be released as GPL software and therefore will eventually be absorbed into the kernel proper.

Dell are only interested in what most people would like to see on they're machine. They know that one size fits all.

I think it's time you took that napkin out of the washing machine, ironed it and tucked it in.

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RE[2]: RE: Who Cares?
by Morin on Thu 15th Mar 2007 22:47 in reply to "RE: RE: Who Cares?"
Morin Member since:
2005-12-31

> I'm afraid it is you who do not understand, specifically the Linux kernel.
> There could be 1 billion Linux distros out there, they still all use the
> same base, the Linux kernel. If a machine has support for one
> distribution, it will have support for all.

There is a huge difference between a machine that works together with a distro, and a machine that comes preloaded with a distro and with support.

But yeah, go ahead and tell Dell that they are stupid if you think that solves the problem.

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