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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.

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