Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:18 UTC, submitted by gireesh
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It's been a troubling couple of weeks for Mandriva, but I decided not to report on it since I found it hard to unravel the events leading up to all this. Now, though, the story has come to its (logical) conclusion: now that most of Mandriva's employees have been laid off, they came together and forked Mandriva. Enter Mageia.
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RE[3]: Linux distro #37264828737
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 02:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linux distro #37264828737"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

I don't think he was referring to the amount of people using Linux but instead to the huge amount of distros there are. Atleast it sounds like that to my ear.


nt_jerkface:
At some point there will be more Linux distros than users.


Linux distros ~= a few hundred
Linux (desktop) users (according to Ballmer): slightly > Mac Osx users ~= 7% of desktop users ~= (rough estimate) 35 million users.

35 million >>> a few hundred.

QED.

Edited 2010-09-20 02:33 UTC

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flynn Member since:
2009-03-19

Linux distros ~= a few hundred
Linux (desktop) users (according to Ballmer): slightly > Mac Osx users ~= 7% of desktop users ~= (rough estimate) 35 million users.

35 million >>> a few hundred.

QED.


Stop taking everything so literally. His comment quite clearly meant that the last thing we need is an yet another linux distro. The numbers themselves are irrelevant, learn to hyperbole.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Linux distros ~= a few hundred Linux (desktop) users (according to Ballmer): slightly > Mac Osx users ~= 7% of desktop users ~= (rough estimate) 35 million users. 35 million >>> a few hundred. QED.
Stop taking everything so literally. His comment quite clearly meant that the last thing we need is an yet another linux distro. The numbers themselves are irrelevant, learn to hyperbole. "

Who are you to tell me what to do? I know what his comment was meant to imply, and I refute it utterly.

Linux distro's are intended to cover different use cases, in order to make it un-necessary for users to have to identify their own set of packages with perhaps unfamiliar names.

Some examples:

For security (digital forensics, if you will):
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06276

Specialist distribution for use as a firewall:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06280

Japanese language:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06273

Boot from portable media:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=puppy

Home entertainment/TV:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mythbuntu

Mathematics and statistics:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=scientific

System rescue / data recovery:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=systemrescue

Education:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=edubuntu

Audio, video & graphics:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ubuntustudio

These are all based on the same few base distributions, and they are simply easy-to-install variations meant for different specific purposes.

Why shouldn't people have the choice of these distributions, and more, if they are found to be useful?

Edited 2010-09-20 04:37 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

What's this Ubuntu fork of Debian? The last thing we need is another distro.. oh.. wait.. turns out there was value in yet another distro.

Mandriva is floundering, what's wrong with the technology people who produced Mandriva producing a replacement for it?

Complaining about too many distros is like complaining about to many toothburshes to choose from at the store. A healthy market has choice and in a healthy market products fail and are replaced by competing products.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Dude, it was a joke about the high number of Linux distros.
Jesus, stop being so uptight. What are you, an accountant?

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Nope, just a pendant ;)

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