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NewsForge: Too Many Cooks in Linux?

Nov 07, 2004, 23:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vinod Vijayarajan)

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"Linux has always been about choice: the freedom to change code if you wish to modify its behavior, the freedom to see what one is running on one's hardware. This concept of choice has been extended to Linux distributions as well. A staggering array of Linux distributions cater to the whims of the minutest factions, each directed at its own specific ends and goals. There appears to be one for everybody; in fact, from a brief glance at Distrowatch, it almost appears that there is one by everybody. Nothing's wrong with that, but the profusion of available choices may be hurting adoption of Linux by users who are used to Windows as a standard in operating systems.

"How? To illustrate, let's compare two users, Abe and Bret, who have purchased hardware and seek to install an OS..."

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