LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch: Your Guide to Linux Distributions
Sep 27, 2004, 22:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)
"A Linux distribution as we know it today is essentially a Linux
Kernel wrapped in 'distribution' of tools and applications that
make for a full operating system. Most of those tools and
applications are open source themselves and are in constant state
of evolution and improvement. A Linux distribution is essentially a
'snapshot' of the Linux kernel and the included packages at the
point when the particular distribution decided to freeze
development for a full release.
"This list is by no means exhaustive. At present it is intended
to provide a 'snapshot' if you will of the some of the more popular
mainstream distributions at the time this revision was written. By
design, Linux is continually evolving and so will this list, as we
update it section by section in the days to come.