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LinuxToday.com.au: Life is too Short To Stuff a Mushroom

Dec 15, 2000, 09:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"Author Shirley Conran once said, "Life is too short to stuff a mushroom". And so it is. Life is also too short to evaluate umpteen different Linux distributions. Nevertheless, over the past 18 months I've done exactly that."

"Testing a range of distributions is not as daft as it might appear. In my case, I can partly justify my actions because I write about Linux and need a more complete understanding of the market. I also have very specific needs so finding the optimum distribution required trial and error. The other thing is that I'm just plain curious...."

"By constantly swapping distributions, I've had a front row seat to watch how the open source operating system has evolved from promising beginnings to something approaching desktop maturity in just 18 months. This has convinced me of the value of the open source model. If we make direct comparisons with Windows-style operating systems, Linux has gone from something resembling the old DR Gem interface to something resembling Windows 98 in the space of 18 months."

"The best thing about playing with different distributions is I now have a very clear picture of the state of the Linux market. And the message I've got is that intense competition between the various distributions really does deliver rapid progress."

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