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OSNews: If I Had My Own Distro

May 01, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Scheinberg)

"Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux--so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says 'Why Linux Sucks,' the next 'My Success With Linux.' Even Michael Robertson of Lindows.com joined the fun with his 'Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today.' But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.

"The polish that Red Hat and Mandrake have added to their consumer-grade Linux offerings have meant a lot to users like me, those who use it as their main desktop OS. Finally, these distributions are starting to look like a professional quality operating system. One of the main problems, the way I see it, is what I call 'marketspace crowding.' There are so many distributions, so many flavors that are, when it really boils down to it, just semi-clones of one another with one good tool or one little tweak added or modified. The idea of roll-your-own distribution has left the market saturated with many similar distributions, and even those 'in the know' don't know how to properly choose a distribution. The solution should be to make your distribution stand out, and in order to do that, you can take advantage of the opportunity to do some things right.

"So, if I had the capital and connections to make a new distribution, I'd take full advantage of the opportunity. The market doesn't need another carbon copy of the current Linux market leaders. It needs something new, something fresh, something that really rocks the Linux community's world. So I'm in charge of my own personal Linux distribution, DistroX, and here's what I'm telling my staff and engineers..."

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