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The Distro Jungle

Jun 29, 2007, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the things that is very confusing to new Linux enthusiasts is the 'distro,' or distribution. And one of the most confusing things about distributions, for the beginner, is that there is no official definition of what a distribution is, exactly: distributions existed in many forms long before anyone cared.

"To venture my own definition, a distribution is a bundling of the Linux kernel with other software and services. That's it. In general, the kernel is the same, so what you are selecting is the style of installation, the tools you want, and the level of support that you need to have..."

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