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[4]: Not a distro
by krreagan on Fri 29th Mar 2013 19:12 UTC 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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RE[5]: Not a distro
by laffer1 on Sat 30th Mar 2013 19:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Not a distro"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

I think the fact that PC-BSD contains FreeBSD is what makes it a distro. They're just value adding stuff on top of someone else's operating system. There are no customizations to the base system.

It's FreeBSD + a different package manager + packages for GUI apps. Debian is a Linux kernel + GNU tool chain + a package manager + packages. I don't see a difference here.

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