Linked by Joseph Ferrare on Thu 29th Dec 2005 16:31 UTC
Slackware, Slax I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come since it was reviewed here as MiniSlack.
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How many people are gonna keep saying this? Listen, the diversity inherent with a standard base (*nix, or Linux in particular) and modular components is a GOOD THING. It has done nothing to slow the adoption rate of Linux distros and has, in fact, encouraged use in areas such as embedded computing, clusters, supercomputing, desktop and server computing. The same old people have been singing this same tune for years and guess what? Adoption hasn't slowed, it's accellerated. The "Linux community" hasn't fractured into 10,000 pieces. Anybody who thinks such a thing could happen has a painfully tenuous grasp of how FOSS works.

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I'm with monodeldiablo on this one. I talk up Linux every chance I get, and to the vast majority of Windows users there is only one Linux. No, it's not Red Hat. It's just Linux. First you have to get them over the hump of wanting to try anything different, and most of them will look longingly at the greener grass, but never move one little toe toward it.

It's only the ones who start looking into actually trying it who realize there are actually multiple distros. I've never had one tell me they backed off because there were too many choices. Usually, they have somebody pulling them along (or they seek somebody out, in the classic two-step flow of communication) and that person recommends a distro. The rest do as they do in everything else: choose the popular (and therefore same-seeming) option. So they end up with Suse or Mandrake out of Borders or Barnes and Nobles, or Ubuntu or Mepis off the internet. Either way: score!

Later on, as they get further into the FOSS thing, they might switch around, but the couple people I've gotten to use Linux here (it's a small American community in Germany) have stuck with what I gave them as surely as they had stuck with Windows.

Of course, it could be that I'd hate to lose the opportunity to try out a new distro every time I get my machines running sweetly and get bored. Nah.

See ya,

joe f.

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