Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2005 11:55 UTC, submitted by Swank1
Linux Are there too many Linux distributions currently available? Can there be too many? This article explores the effect of the large number of distros out right now and suggests that progress could possibly be made through a consolidation.
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RE: Do we need to "win"?
by John Nilsson on Fri 15th Jul 2005 15:36 UTC in reply to "Do we need to "win"?"
John Nilsson
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Not saying that a One True Linux is the solution but you forgot the bad things.

The bad:

Not beeing able to sync my phone with my computer because the vendors "Install-CD" assumes PC == Win32

Trying to figure out what takes the most time. Install and confugure samba OR convincing my friends to install and use WinSCP

Trying to convince my friends that UT2k4 and ET is all the games they'll ever need (don't bother responding, I know there's more)

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RE[2]: Do we need to "win"?
by monodeldiablo on Fri 15th Jul 2005 21:36 in reply to "RE: Do we need to "win"?"
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I didn't "forget the bad things". If those items are important to you, then you should get a Windows box or learn more about Samba or write a letter to your favorite game company, etc. I thought I just said "use what you like". What is so hard about this?

Your friends use Windows and refuse to switch. You want to play graphically intensive online games and swap files with them on their native filesystem. What do you do?

Hint: Nobody's forcing you to use Linux.

Seriously though, people are working very hard to overcome the issues you discussed. I'm not minimizing their importance. However, One True Linux will not solve these issues any quicker than several Linux-based OSes can. These issues aren't really related to this conversation, however pertinent they are to the adoption of Linux in general. Everything you pointed out relates to the chicken-and-egg problem regarding widespread adoption and support of Linux by other entities.

For the time being, since you are so dependent on vendor support and Windows tools, I suggest you use Windows.

P.S. That wasn't meant to be condescending or dismissive, but I don't think you understood my post very well. No OS can win all battles.

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RE[3]: Do we need to "win"?
by John Nilsson on Fri 15th Jul 2005 21:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Do we need to "win"?"
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I'm just saying that a bigger cut of the platform market is in our interest, for the single reason that more mind share will make some things easier.

I agree whole hartedly that the cost can be too high though...

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