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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John Nilsson
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Linux will never be a major threat to Microsoft because theres nothing stopping them from basing their products on Linux.

What you need to understand is that Linux is no End-User product it is a marketplace of components to build one.

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monodeldiablo Member since:

I don't think you understand the nature of the GPL, either. It explicitly states that all changes must be included and disseminated. It enforces openness. Microsoft would be forced to share any and all improvements they make to any code they "borrow". So no, while there is nothing to stop them from basing their products on Linux, there's also nothing stopping the Linux community from re-incorporating those changes into their OS.

>What you need to understand is that Linux is no End-User product it is a marketplace of components to build one.

As far as this goes, you're finally right... kind of ;) Linux is, in fact, just a kernel. One component. What you meant to say was OSS. Distributions, though, are full OSes, just like Windows (actually moreso, as most include a busload of software in addition to basic operating components).

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John Nilsson Member since:

and a very good day to you sir ;-) (thoght this was a long dead thread...)

while Linux is a kernel(-source distribution) I think that it is safe to say that in the mind share meaning of the word Linux includes most OSS projects.

I use the term in all it's meaning, gave up a long time ago trying to define it.

One way I use it the most is to compare UNIX with Linux a kind of OS standard.

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ma_d Member since:

Then no one would buy Windows... They'd run Linux distributions with Microsoft's development libraries ripped off someone elses computer: People would distribute this just to spite Microsoft like they do in many countries today with full Windows discs.

That's if Microsoft managed to not lose most use of their development software. But given that the "Raymond Chen" camp has lost its hold on Microsoft ideology I doubt that will continue: Especially since it'd be really easy on a Linux distribution because there are so many free easily available libraries for them to link to!

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