View Poll Results: What do you think about a unified Linux distro?

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  • Sounds nice, but it can't be done

    153 25.33%
  • Sounds terrible and can't be done

    253 41.89%
  • Sounds nice, and it can be done. I'm posting my practical suggestions here.

    50 8.28%
  • I don't care either way

    44 7.28%
  • Sounds terrible but can be done.

    70 11.59%
  • Other (please explain)

    34 5.63%
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Thread: Unified Linux Thread

  1. #841
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    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: Unified Linux Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by swoll1980 View Post
    Linux can't be unified, as it's open sourced. It would be like unifying democracy. As long as there are different people, with different opinions, and an open sourced project that can be forked, it will be forked.
    ^This.

    Quote Originally Posted by sudoer541 View Post
    I think linux distros should unify cuz out of 1000,000,000,000 distros ubuntu is the only useful distro. All other distros are useless!!!
    I heard a Linux hacker wanted to destroy linux by creating 10000+ distros with small modifications and different names...thats smart!!!
    LOL Wut?

    How come it's the only useful distro? Ubuntu is relatively new, some distros out there are much older than Ubuntu, and if they're still used, it's for a reason.
    Last edited by Random_Dude; May 13th, 2010 at 05:52 PM.

  2. #842
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    Re: Unified Linux Thread

    its not just an impossible idea, its conjured from a complete misunderstanding of gnu.

    how would this super-entity overseer of the one true linux be populated?
    How would you stop forking (and why). how would you please everyone with software offerings (dont even try to pretend anyone can offer everything gnu - updated).
    How would you convince philanthropists that you are the one true distro and all funding you go to you.


    P.S. as linux for everyone's desktop is becoming more and more a reality, you have to at least respect the fact that these distro are total bloatware if you don't need what (often is sloppily hacked together) modded packages they come with.
    Even if there was one true distro it would be more like arch or slack and not like ubuntu or suse, which would never satisfy the need for a linux installation meant for specific directed(not general desktop) usages, in which case invariably someone would come up with arch-gnome arch-kde desktop distros just to please the people who just wanted a desktop os replacement.

    so
    (a) how would you go about making that happen
    (b) why would you attempt it
    (c) how long after you kill off all other distros would it take for just as many to pop back up again; directed for specific means, or spawned through disagreement.

  3. #843
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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Unified Linux Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ridetheteapot View Post
    its not just an impossible idea, its conjured from a complete misunderstanding of gnu.

    how would this super-entity overseer of the one true linux be populated?
    How would you stop forking (and why). how would you please everyone with software offerings (dont even try to pretend anyone can offer everything gnu - updated).
    How would you convince philanthropists that you are the one true distro and all funding you go to you.


    P.S. as linux for everyone's desktop is becoming more and more a reality, you have to at least respect the fact that these distro are total bloatware if you don't need what (often is sloppily hacked together) modded packages they come with.
    Even if there was one true distro it would be more like arch or slack and not like ubuntu or suse, which would never satisfy the need for a linux installation meant for specific directed(not general desktop) usages, in which case invariably someone would come up with arch-gnome arch-kde desktop distros just to please the people who just wanted a desktop os replacement.

    so
    (a) how would you go about making that happen
    (b) why would you attempt it
    (c) how long after you kill off all other distros would it take for just as many to pop back up again; directed for specific means, or spawned through disagreement.
    These are all good points, but the first is the most important. Even if (which is a big almost impossible if, but let's just say hypothetically) you could get everyone involved in Linux production (kernel devs, upstream devs, artwork teams) to agree to at least initially work on one unified Linux distro... how would decisions ever get made? You're just setting up a huge bureaucracy... or a dictatorship.

    Know that expression about too many chefs in the kitchen? Well, right now we have a ton of chefs in different kitchens sharing their open source recipes. Imagine trying to have all those chefs in one kitchen all agreeing on one recipe? Forget it. Inefficiency city.

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