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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Not Forking But Branching

Feb 21, 2001, 16:36 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"What if Linux distributions were to specialize? We've already seen that the attempt to be all things to all people -- to produce incompatible distributions that otherwise do pretty much the same thing -- isn't working out all that well. What if distributions would instead target a segment of the market and go all out for that segment, and leave other segments to others?"

"Here's what I mean: Caldera is going after the enterprise. So, in their way, are companies such as IBM, to whom the Linux desktop means nothing. It's not as if there will be no competition there -- just that not everybody will be competing there."

"Why not broaden this approach? There could, and I think should, be a few distributions aimed at the desktop user. These would have subtle but significant differences -- the one that has the very latest stuff, the one that puts stability and security above all else, one in the middle. These distributions would not install all kinds of servers that do nothing but open the machines to crackers; that's one significant difference over the current crop of one-size-fits-all distributions."

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