In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Ezekiel
on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 06:59:38 -0500
> "The Ghost In The Machine" <ewill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> [Urls put on same line to allow a certain poster to count
>> the lines more quickly. :-) You know who you are...]
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
>> on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 00:14:00 +0000
>>> More than Microsoft and Apple have released in a whole decade:
>>> EnGarde 3.0.22 http://www.engardelinux.org/
>>> TinyMe 2008.1 http://tinymelinux.com/
>>> PC-BSD 7.0.2 http://www.pcbsd.org/
>>> ASPLinux 14 http://www.asplinux.ru/
>>> Slax 6.0.9 http://www.slax.org/
>>> K-DEMar 4.7 http://www.k-demar.org/
>>> Bluewhite64 12.2 http://www.bluewhite64.com/
>>> Magic 2.1 http://www.magiclinux.org/
>>> Webconverger 4.1 http://webconverger.com/
>>> Parted Magic 3.3 http://partedmagic.com/
>>> Litrix 9.0 http://www.litrixlinux.org/
>>> Absolute 12.2.0 http://www.absolutelinux.org/
>>> Kiwi 8.12 http://kiwilinux.org/
>>> BankOn 4.1 http://blankonlinux.or.id/
>> Oh the horror. Oh the calamity. Oh the humanity.
>> Oh when will we ever stop creating additional distros
>> confusing the hell out of the Wintrolls? :-)
> Is releasing 14 distros/week supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing?
A very bad thing. After all, operating systems should
only be released once every 5 years, right?
> It's taking an existing bad situation and making it worse. Ever try to
> search for help on how to do something. Let's use a hypothetical example of
> someone wanting to connect to a existing network printer that's connected
> to a Windows machine. (ie - \\SomeMachine\LaserJet ).
Ok. Did you want me to walk through CUPS or just refer
you to their website at www.cups.org? My main difficulty
therewith is requiring a username/password
(smb://user:pass@SomeMachine/LaserJet) during the setup;
the password changes every 3 months here at $EMPLOYER,
a minor annoyance, but otherwise it works fine.
> It's bad enough right now when looking for answers on the web. The user
> finds some instructions but it doesn't seem to work. Oh wait, those
> instructions only work with distro X. So the user searches some more and
> finds another set of directions. They don't seem to work either and all of
> the dialogs and apps are completely different. Those instructions are for
> distro Y.
> Eventually the user finds some instructions for the Distro-A that he's
> using. But those instructions don't work either. It turns out that the
> instructions were posted a little over a year ago and the distro has
> changed 3-4 times since then.
> Having 100's
Oh please. There are at least 1,000 distros currently in the wild.
We may never have an exact count as many are tweaks.
> of distros and dozens of new ones released weekly is a
> double-edged sword. One can claim that it provides choice, customization
> and etc.
To some extent, yes; it's a very democratic process.
It can also *freeze* choice to a turgid mess, as an
upstream change or change proposal brings blogospheric
howling from everyone thus affected.
> But along with that comes the baggage of inconsistency across
> distros and versions of the same distro. It is difficult enough now finding
> a solution on the web that works with what "you have now." What's usually
> found are dozens and dozens of solutions to something that doesn't actually
> work with what someone is using.
So OK then. Who enforces the consistency?
GNU and improved.
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