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: Ubuntu pulls an Apple
by PieterGen on Fri 29th Mar 2013 10:33 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu pulls an Apple"
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Yes, but what does this have to do with big versus small distributions? Most of the big distributions stick to the standards. There will always be discussion on what the "way of the standards" is.

- Gentoo and Debian are true to things like the original init., the standard file hierarchy and so on.
- Fedora introduced SystemD. Arch adopted this soon. I lack the expertise to judge if this is a good step forward or a breakaway from the unix philosophy.

Like many of us I have used lots of distros. I agree with Howard that a small community small can be fine. On the other hand, in small communities (let's say Salix, Siduction or Funtoo) it can take quite long before your question gets answered.

Larger communities with knowledgable users (Gentoo, Arch) are fine with me. Large communities with mostly less experienced users (Mint, Ubuntu) are of less value to me.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu pulls an Apple
by toast88 on Sun 31st Mar 2013 09:17 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu pulls an Apple"
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Debian are true to things like the original init., the standard file hierarchy and so on.

No, we aren't. We are going to switch to systemd with Jessie. We're just currently in freeze, so we can't make such fundamental changes.

There was a talk by Michael Biebl and Tollef Fog Heen on the systemd integration for Jessie at FOSDEM.

Gentoo will probably make the jump sooner or later, they already admitted at FOSDEM that their udev fork is pointless ("a toy project").


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