Then a few FOSS writers, independent of our discussion here on FOSS Force, began writing on other sites about different distros and the importance of the communities around them. One of the things that two of these writers in particular seemed to imply is that all distros exist to serve communities of particular types of users. While this might seem to be a simple obvious truth, a Homer Simpson “D’oh!” if you will, we think there might be depths to this idea that are not so obvious.
Of particular interest to us was the different takes these writers had on the nature of the communities that different popular distros represent. Often these were surprisingly different from what had been our intuitive understanding.