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Financial Times: Building communities on the Internet: Linux-Mandrake

Mar 07, 2001, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"'We are in the business of building communities,' says Henri Poole, chief executive of Mandrakesoft, the French software company which publishes the Linux-Mandrake 'distribution', emphasising the essential difference between it and other distributions for the Linux open source operating system."

"Distributions are collections of software that go to make up a working Linux system. They are needed because, Linux, properly speaking, is nothing but a 'kernel' - that is, a piece of software that handles basic computer functions. It communicates with the hard disk, keyboard, screen, and so on."

"These functions are essential, but useless without other software necessary to carry out productive tasks. Some of this software includes word processors and spreadsheet software, but much of it is far more fundamental, like programs to list files. Without distributions, users would have to spend weeks collecting this software themselves."

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