Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

The idea has struck me a few times and is the primary reason I use "Linux based OS" or a specific distribution name. Here's why:

Linux is only a single commodity part of a bigger thing. Linux is the kernel, the core OS itself and nothing more. We all agree that one requires the rest of the distribution on top of the kernel or it's of no use. The smallest distributions specifically designed for a phone or R/C radio even include the kernel plus something. That something may be only the slim program between the user's four buttons and the kernel wrapped hardware but it's more than Linux. It's like referring to all firearms as fireingpins; but different distributions of fireingpins. Or, referring too all cars as Hemmy's but different distributions of the core engine.

It may be something as simple as referring to specific distributions; the kernel plus user space programs. Linux seems to cause an overwhelming fear of choice. If it's "Linux" it must be that complicated thing of which there are hundreds of programs for each function. But, they are all different. They are all seporate distributions onto themselves even though they are assembled from the same parts. Why not refer to Ubuntu or Ubuntu Linux rather than Linux. I don't run Linux, I run Mandriva which happens to be a Linux based OS.

The answer is surely not to reduce the number of choices but maybe start to recognize that these distribution things are not all the same even though they happen to have a Linux kernel at there core.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

"linux based", i can live with that.
better then gnu/linux at least...
(sorry, i guess this can become inflamatory)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It's a fair opinion. Most of the time I'm using "Linuxed based OS" to at least identify that it's based on Linux and that there may be more to an OS other than a penguin iconed project. Perhaps there is a better way to provide clarity without deminishing choice too.

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