Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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Pretty Clearcut
by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Wed 4th Feb 2009 17:01 UTC
TheIdiotThatIsMe
Member since:
2006-06-17

I think sometimes people way over think these things. For me (and only me, personally) I think the options are pretty clearcut.

If you want Consumer options, take Ubuntu (or Fedora/OpenSuse).

Enterprise: Red Hat / SLE

If you are interested in setting up a home server, than I doubt actually having a choice is going to be bad for you, and you'll probably enjoy tweaking it anyways.

If someone you want to show Linux is thinks it's too complicated, or isn't a tech enthusiast, then don't give them a choice, just install one that YOU can support. For me, it's Ubuntu via Wubi. Why? Because I can install it without them getting worried, they can uninstall it if they don't like it, and since I use Ubuntu I can help with any problems.

Then, all the other little choices won't matter except to the people who want them and need them. Most people using Linux are NOT going to need a Forensic specialized Linux distribution. So don't worry about it, let the people who do need it worry about it.

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RE: Pretty Clearcut - my preference
by jabbotts on Wed 4th Feb 2009 17:07 in reply to "Pretty Clearcut"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I think that's the key right there. Don't complicate a simple thing; select from the obvious short list of distros. For me, that's Mandriva on desktop and Debian on servers.

If your going servers for business it's Red Hat or Suse where support contracts and fees are desirable. if your going it alone the choice is Debian, OpenBSD, NetBSD or FreeBSD and your all set. (I like Debian because it's supported by HP as a company policy; if it can't be supported inhouse anymore then you just call them up and ask about service contracts)

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I think that's the key right there. Don't complicate a simple thing; select from the obvious short list of distros. For me, that's Mandriva on desktop and Debian on servers.


Yeah, it's simple for you, but to somebody looking from the outside in, it is a massive clusterf**k.

You guys can continue to preach that having 9 million distros is a godo thing, and you can continue to have the majority of computer users not running Linux.

While it's true that those in the '9 million distros or bust!' camp might be right, you have to ask yourself how important it is to be right vs whether or not you want more people to try out Linux and not be scared away by the number if distros that are out there.

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