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[News] Many GNU/Linux Distributions the Natural Choice

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Why Many Projects Is Better Than Just a Few

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| I kept reading opinions regarding the big number of Linux distributions out 
| there, most of them saying that we have a huge number of distros, each one 
| with its own package management system, keeping Linux divided. Most of them 
| suggest only a few such projects, and that all developers should unite in 
| order to produce a 'universal' solution to this. A comparison with MS Windows 
| is always brought in as an argument. Of course, every person with its own 
| opinion, but why do I think a big number of projects is the way to go?      
| Well, in the first place, I think a 'universal' distribution is not quite 
| possible. There will always be persons who will want to have their own 
| project and eventually start it from scratch instead of contributing to an 
| already solid one. Not to mention that Linux itself was born from such a 
| project, and examples of projects which started the same way as the Linux 
| kernel are countless.     
| Since free-software as promoted by the FSF is all about freedom and free 
| choice, the developers are free to choose their own way of programming and 
| building projects.  


Alternative distros, alternative desktops

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| I've also recently switched my workstation's desktop from Gnome and Firefox 2 
| to gnome-light and Firefox 3. The latter necessitated moving to the former, 
| as right now, too many packages force dependencies on Firefox 2 and/or 
| xulrunner-1.8. Plus, now that I'm on gnome-light, I've discovered the joys of 
| unmerging Epiphany, Evolution, sound-juicer, and sundry other miscellaneous 
| bloat. I've also given up on trying to use Midori and webkitgtk. While I 
| appreciate that both are now in Portage, Midori is just too broken to 
| consider using as a worthwhile browser, even though its rendering speed 
| (thanks to webkitgtk) is second to none.        



Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

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| Perhaps next time the author might think about what they're
| saying...because limiting the number of distros out there is
| absolutely NOT the way to go to accomplish anything other
| than limiting innovation.


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