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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RE: Distributions...
by Lunitik on Wed 4th Feb 2009 22:56 UTC in reply to "Distributions..."
Lunitik
Member since:
2005-08-07

This is simply false... and there is work to ensure this is even more false going on...

Every distro uses the same upstream brances, all source code can be compiled without patches on another distro... if you only deal with binary packages, it can seem more separate, but that is the flaw of dealing with only binaries.

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RE[2]: Distributions...
by darknexus on Thu 5th Feb 2009 00:11 in reply to "RE: Distributions..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Since when do all Linux systems use the same upstream source? Each one applies their own patches to almost everything, even systems like Slackware and Arch patch a little. Some source will not always compile on every Linux-based system, due to different library version/compile options/file locations. They are largely source-compatible. They are not 100% so.
Your comment about the BSDs "not deciding on a kernel" is trolling if I've ever seen it, and I won't bother to argue with a troll, as it's rather like arguing with a religious zealot, i.e. it will make no difference.

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RE[3]: Distributions...
by Lunitik on Thu 5th Feb 2009 07:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Distributions..."
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

No they don't, many even have defined goals to not differ from upstream... Debian derivs are bad for this.

Either way though, it is still the same upstream, there just might be some backports and the like...

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