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Linus Torvalds on Linux Distributions

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| The freedom of choice that the plethora of Linux distributions offer pretty
| much guarantees that Linux users will always be able to choose a distribution
| that suits them best. It's clear that for a sizable number of Linux uses that
| choice will be a Linux distribution like Debian, Gentoo, or Slackware.



Compromising to Ubuntu

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| It’s been nearly a year now since I have worked with my students. I will
| begin a open source project with a couple of my bright students. Without a
| doubt, we will use Ubuntu for our servers (though I may opt to switch them to
| Debian for more stability). It is a compromise I am making on my part. I
| will install Ubuntu 8.04.1 on my Thinkpad T60. I will keep Arch Linux on my
| desktop, possibly evening replacing it wil Debian Lenny Beta.
| Ubuntu is what they want. I will give it to them.



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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