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Fri13
October 19th, 2007, 06:57 AM
What is reason that Ubuntu is called a different Operation System as all other (GNU)Linux distros when it use same basic OS (Linux + GNU) as others?
Ubuntu isn't any different OS than kubuntu, SUSE or others. User can install any Linux application to it what makes it same OS but different Distro what SUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, and so on.

If Ubuntu would be different OS than others, then you could not install any those parts what needs (GNU)Linux because it would not have them.
There are other Linux OS's what use Linux kernel but have other Operation System base (GNU) to run software, like DVD players and routers. Even my Phone has Linux but it isn't running GNU OS but own Linux based OS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_kernel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_system

original_jamingrit
October 19th, 2007, 07:32 AM
I'd say that it depends on how you use it. Technically, changing one file on an operating system makes it a different operating system. But it's not very descriptive to say that Ubuntu is a different OS than Kubuntu. Indeed, I wouldn't even call it a different distribution, I'd call it a flavour.

It's difficult to say what would make two distros different OSes. This is just my line of thought here: I would consider Slackware, Redhat, and Debian to be different OSes, but other people would just consider them different distros of GNU/Linux. Everyone has a different idea of how Linux ought to work, so it's difficult to see from each other's perspectives how similar/different their implentation is.

MalfunctioningMartian
October 19th, 2007, 08:05 AM
IMO there are multiple OS's and Multiple Distro's.

As I see it some use a modified version of the kernel. This makes them a new OS. There are also different software and libraries choices for the same kernel which makes it a new distro.

hessiess
October 19th, 2007, 08:09 AM
distrobution = os =flaver = etc.

just difarent words for the same thing