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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Good lord
by kaiwai on Thu 5th Feb 2009 02:05 UTC
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As another person said already - not this shit again.

Let me tell you, if you think that by having one distribution that'll rule them all will some how bring in the punters when it comes to software availability, driver/hardware support and end users - you're deluding yourselves. Basically that is the core underlying argument for trying to consolidate Linux under a single banner - that if it were done, all would be great; it would be the land of milk and honey with vendors supporting it by way of software and hardware support.

Vendors who want to support Linux will support it regardless of all the excuses - because this call for consolidation is nothing sort of a shonky excuse by certain vendors who fail supporting Linux. I've seen the same excuses and believe me, bending over backwards to accommodate these vendors will only find that once you've done that - there will be yet another excuse as to why they can't support Linux, then another then another then another. No matter how much you change Linux to suit them - the goal posts are always going to end up being moved by those who are adamant in their refusal to support Linux.

IMHO the Linux world would be better off slowly plodding alone creating open source replacements for proprietary software and putting pressure on vendors to open their specifications than trying to change Linux in a hope of winning vendor approval. Most of these vendors are in bed with Microsoft and any capitulation to them is going to be met with disappointment.

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