Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2007 22:42 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux "Remember the 1980s worries about how the 'forking' of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows."
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ralph
Member since:
2005-07-10

Of course, it doesn't provide one argument for its assertion that too many distros make for a mess.
Seriously, read it, not one.
It only acts as if this were selfevident.

It also goes without saying that it simply takes the number from distrowatch and acts as if it were in any way significant. What this of courses misses, on purpose I'm sure, is that most of the distros listed there are extremely small, some are mere private for fun projects, some are very specialized, some are simply made for a very special audience (e.g.: provide a distro in parsi).
How exactly it can be considered a bad thing if someone who enjoys doing this kind of stuff makes a distro that is intended as a firewall to run from an USB-stick, will be forever beyond me.

Ah, and don't forget to call linux a religion while you are at it.

What a terrible article.

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Ah, and don't forget to call linux a religion while you are at it.

I think we should take to calling the free software movement a political party as opposed to a religion. It lends itself to more credibility, and it more accurately describes the positions we represent.

We don't think that RMS is a god. We think he introduced an important theory concerning the social, economic, and legal aspects of software. He's the founder of our political party, not the prophet of our religion.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21


I think we should take to calling the free software movement a political party as opposed to a religion. It lends itself to more credibility, and it more accurately describes the positions we represent.

We don't think that RMS is a god.


That wouldn't solve our problem. It's our opponents that call our stance a "religion", in an effort to discredit us. What they fail to mention (of course) is that in many cases they hold just as tightly (if not more) to their beliefs than we do to ours.

And you can have a religion without a god.

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postmodern Member since:
2006-01-27

More so, all these too-many-distros articles fail to take into account that less popular distros disappear over time due to people gravitated towards feature-rich distros that suit their needs.

Put this argument into economics terms, how is having fewer choices a good thing?

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Of course, it doesn't provide one argument for its assertion that too many distros make for a mess.
Seriously, read it, not one.
It only acts as if this were selfevident.


Well, Ralph, I would probably say the same thing about peoples' complaints that there are too many editions/SKUs of Windows, that it generates confusion, yadda, yadda, yadda. There are two sides to every coin.

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