How do you do "X" in Unix (Linux,Solaris..)?

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| So Windows users aren't prepared for choice. The same misunderstandings apply
| to naive Unix users who never understood that they had choices: a csh user
| suddenly transported to Linux bash may cry "How do I repeat commands in
| Linux?", a SCO user accustomed to DEL being his INTR character will
| complain "I can't get ping to stop!" (and a Windows user, accustomed
| to "ping" quitting by itself, will make the same complaint). None of them
| understand that it isn't "Linux" or "OS X" that is conspiring to confuse
| them: it's simply default choices that can be easily changed.


Distros Don’t Drive Development

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| Lots of press and people focus on Linux distributions when they check out
| what happens in Linux land. This and that distro come in new releases and
| they offer this and that brand new feature. This is also true of the many
| linux podcasts. They give credit to distros for new things that pop up. *

More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,”
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India. * * * *


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| When someone says a recent Linux Distro is 100 times better than another
| recent Linux distro, I worry a little that schism has lead to computer
| religion. Taken on its face, examined rationally, you have to ask "how can
| that be?". They all feed off the same kernel stock, and pull in the same sets
| of office projects and same GUI projects and so forth. * *

Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

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| Perhaps next time the author might think about what they're
| saying...because limiting the number of distros out there is
| absolutely NOT the way to go to accomplish anything other
| than limiting innovation.

Staffing for Linux, not distribution X

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| What doesn’t change is that you hired them to do what they’re doing: run
| Linux - and the next step in generality is to first recognise that Linux, the
| BSDs, and Solaris are all variations on a theme and then to conclude that
| people who are good with one of these are likely to be equally effective with
| the other two. * *