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[News] Many GNU/Linux Distributions Are Great; Diversity Needed

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Some Distros Need and Deserve a Higher Profile …

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| I hope that other distributions learn from what Canonical has done. They need 
| to develop the community first and to pay attention to the needs of users. 
| You can be true to your principles and attract new users. In fact, I would 
| think that a distribution such as Debian has more to gain than to lose. 
| People want to hear about free software. It is the notion of freedom that 
| draws people in. They won’t necessarily buy into the whole package right 
| away, but they will be attracted to you. You can be your own worst enemy by 
| prostheletizing. You need to integrate and educate instead.       
| I am convinced that there is enough room for growth that we don’t need to 
| raid each other’s base and engage in FUD against our own kind. I think that 
| the place to start is with improving the image of the distribution that you 
| use by ceaselessly promoting it in whatever way that you can. This can only 
| benefit Linux at large and make us all stronger in the end.    


Linux is about choice (pt 2)

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| Could you not forsee that parts of your application may be highly desired, 
| and other parts not so? Given the large "roll your own" background of so many 
| Linux users, why would that mantra not continue as far as possible? Why does 
| Evolution (and Claws and Thunderbird), Firefox, and so on have a plugin 
| framework? Or an external editor option?    
| Precisely because different people use Linux in different ways. And this is 
| why Linux is about choice! 



FOSS Debates, Part 3: Mission Control

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| "I don't think there is one," Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel,
| told LinuxInsider.
| "In fact, the reason I like open source is that I find it exciting to see how
| _different_ the things people want to do are, and how that constant pulling
| in different directions actually ends up taking people somewhere -- and how
| the end result is not necessarily what any of the participants really were
| aiming for from the beginning, but actually likely _better_ for it," Torvalds
| explained.
| "Linux itself is an example of that," he added. "When I started out, I had no
| big goals, anything like the current kernel. Almost all of the motivation and
| impetus for everything fancy that we do today came from outside, from people
| who had different needs and views of how things needed to work than I do."
| Torvalds compares open source "to a more organic development model," he
| said. "To me, it's a lot like 'life' -- after all, what's the overriding
| purpose of life? I dunno, and I really don't think such a thing should matter
| or even necessarily exists. We live and do our best, and pass on our genes
| and knowledge, and change our environment -- hopefully for the better."
| Same thing with open source, Torvalds said: "The point about being open
| source is that you _can_ do exactly that -- 'change the environment'
| and 'pass on your genes.'"


Torvalds rejects one-size-fits-all Linux

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| Linus Torvalds has rejected the argument that Linux developers should pool
| their resources behind a single distribution.

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