__/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Thursday 02 March 2006 21:43 \__
> Lobo wrote:
>> As a new user of linux, one of the things that hit me the most was the
>> great array of distros and their differing installation methods for
>> new applications as well as the differing dependency requirements for
>> the various desktop environments.
>> After a quick google search I came up with the following site:
>> Do you think this will become a reality in the near future or will
>> Linux continue to fork?
Probably the latter, but you can bridge any fork. Take office productivity
suites, for example. They are becoming better united owing to XML/ODF.
>> I can imagine that the current state of Linux is a very high barrier
>> to ISV's (Independent Software Vendors). I would hate Linux to end up
>> with the scenario of being limited to a few distros such as Red Hat
>> that have the funding and connections to make their particular
>> versions a de facto standard as far as third party software is
>> (Personally, I don't think Tux looks good in a red hat and would like
>> to see him continue to wear whatever colour or style he chooses.) ;-)
Any advancement which is made by one vendor can percolate its way to others.
That's one of the powers of GNU/Linux. For example, XGL has already found
its way from Novell Linux to Ubuntu. So where's the fork? It's more like a
city filled with junctions. You can choose whichever product you wish, which
is a cohesive assemblage of thoroughly-tested components. Choice is a
> Here in the US the corporate world the term Linux basically means
> Redhat or SuSE. Some may run something else (Google and Ubuntu for
> example) but corporations want a company standing behind the products
> they use. It wouldn't surprise me to see Citibank running SuSE or
> Redhat but you'll never see them running PuppyDog or Yoper. If this
> were to play out people will ultimately want to run at home what they
> user at work so the gap between the major players and the hobbiest
> distros will widen.
I agree. 'Corporate-type' distributions seems to be gaining force, perhaps
with the exception which is Ubuntu. That could soon change however. It
depends on how Cannonical do business.
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