Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 28th Mar 2013 21:49 UTC
Linux Like many OSNews readers, I use Ubuntu. I also use several less popular distros. What is it like to use these lesser-known distros compared to the dominant systems? How does running, say, VectorLinux or Puppy or PC-BSD, differ from using Ubuntu or Fedora? This article offers a few ideas. Obviously, it broadly generalizes about distros for the purpose of discussion.
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RE[2]: Not a distro
by YALoki on Fri 29th Mar 2013 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Not a distro"
YALoki
Member since:
2008-08-13

I used to be an IBM Linux instructor and that is where I learned that Linux is only a kernel around which many purveyors put their own choice of userland programs and applications.

So Linux packaged with other stuff makes a distribution.

I use OpenBSD which, like all the BSDs that I have ever seen together with other Unix and Unix-like OSes, comes with a comprehensive collection of typical Unix-derived tools.

All those pieces are compiled using the toolset that produced the matching kernel. Thus we get an Operating System. AIX, SunOS, Micronix, HP-Ux are others.

PC-BSD is an OS. Linuces with BSD bits hung on are still distros.

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RE[3]: Not a distro
by terra on Fri 29th Mar 2013 04:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a distro"
terra Member since:
2012-11-01

PC-BSD is an OS. Linuces with BSD bits hung on are still distros.


However, PC-BSD is a FreeBSD "distro" which does not use Linux kernel at all.

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RE[3]: Not a distro
by cb88 on Fri 29th Mar 2013 16:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a distro"
cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

PC-BSD is a BSD guess what BSD stands for... you know Berkley System Distribution. so clearly it is a Distro ;)

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RE[4]: Not a distro
by krreagan on Fri 29th Mar 2013 19:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Not a distro"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

FAIL! "Software" not "System". Trying to be clever?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution

BSD's are distributions of UNI*. Linux distros are a kernel (Linux) with *BSD, Solaris, AIX, GNU... user land utilities slapped on and configured in various ways.

BTW PC-BSD is still a complete FreeBSD. All the userland apps/utils are still FreeBSD + some additional ones.

KRR

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