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Re: GNU/Linux is Everything to Everyone

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____/ Sneaky Weasel on Thursday 08 Sep 2011 04:46 : \____

> On 09/07/2011 08:35 PM, Homer wrote:
>> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>>>
>>> Linux for me, Linux for you.
>>>
>>>   ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | In essence all Linux systems are the same. They all have the same
>>> | tools, they all pretty much have the same desktops and they all can
>>> | be configured, adjusted, tweeked or modified to look and operate in
>>> | just about any manner.  The only real difference is the ease of
>>> | which this can be done.
>>>   `----
>>>
>>> http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus/linux-for-me-linux-for-you-48276
>>
>> That's the substantive point most of the "too many distros" nuts fail to
>> appreciate. Every distro offers the same software, but they all provide
>> access to that software using different paradigms, some of which are
>> "easier" than others. There's also a difference in the default packages,
>> default dependencies, default configurations, etc., but all of those can
>> be changed by the user, so really the actual difference is just the
>> presentation, the methods employed to manage the system, and the merit
>> of the developers and community behind the distro. This is why GNU/Linux
>> can (paradoxically) be both a standard and diverse (or "fractured", as
>> the critics might say) at the same time.
>>
>> I can rebuild any GNU/Linux distro from scratch, but it's far easier to
>> do that with Gentoo, because that's intrinsically how Gentoo works. I
>> can create a very minimal GNU/Linux installation from any distro, but
>> it's easier to do so with Tiny Core Linux or Fedora AOS, since that's
>> specifically what they're designed for. I can create a set-top box media
>> system from any GNU/Linux distro, but it's easier with GeeXboX, since
>> it's preconfigured to do that straight out of the box.
>>
>> GNU/Linux may have an endless set of choices and possibilities, but many
>> people have already done the hard work to combine those possibilities
>> into easy choices, for those who want them. The freedom and flexibility
>> of GNU/Linux means people can continue combining those possibilities
>> into even more choices, "easy" or otherwise.
>>
> The work they did is excellent. Ubuntu is great. Mint is perfect. There
> are many other choices and people can pick what they want.

Which one did you choose? My main desktop runs Kubuntu (because I love
KDE) and the secondary one Squeeze with KDE. One acts as a server (the
Debian one), so I do need the diversity.

Windows and OS X a one-product shop.

- -- 
		~~ Best of wishes

Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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