Re: So many distros!!!
But each distro is someone's "perfect OS"... so how can you say that they shouldn't have their perfect OS? And if it is someones perfect OS, why not put it out there so others can benefit as well?
Originally Posted by banewman
You could reframe the question in a couple ways. First, you could avoid the phrase "linux" all together and let Ubuntu, openSuse, etc. ride on their own merit. This might eliminate some confusion as if a customer wants "Ubuntu" there aren't many choices (K/X/Ubuntu). Then you could say to someone who didn't care for Ubuntu, "hey, there's this other OS Mandriva that you might like better". I think this would get better reception because you don't get the "I already tried linux" response. After all, Mandriva and Ubuntu can be pretty different.
The second way would be to create a database of distro's to aid users (especially new users) in choosing. But wait, you might say, don't we already have that? Yes and no. Distrowatch isn't a great tool for comparisson, as it is mostly links and has a lot of technical information (the package version charts for example). The only info of real value to newbies would be the short little paragraph about the distro. Then there is wikipedia, but that is not the place to really go into depth. Finally there is Distropedia. This is closest to what I had in mind, but I think that each page should really have direct input from the creators of the distro. Let them say in their own words what the goals of the project are. I feel like many times people pick up a distro and expect something very different from the projects goals... for example, many people try fedora mistakenly thinking that it is a "distro for the masses" like Ubuntu, when in fact it is targeted at intermediate users who want more control and newer packages, but not the bother of going with Sid or Gentoo or Arch. On fedoraforums.org we actually try to convince many new users to come to Ubuntu or another "easier" distro so they do not get discouraged. And it's not that fedora is bad, I love fedora... its just that often its goals aren't well understood. By havng a site where users can match the goals of a distro right from the horses mouth to their needs/wants, and also compare various relevant pieces of information side by side, I think we could cut down on a lot of the confusion about 'what distro should I use".
And really, the biggest message to get out there about this whole thing is that there is no wrong answer. And that they are free, so why not try them all!
EDIT: As for gnome/kde/xfce making their own distros:
1) they are too busy making killer DE's to worry about the rest of a distro... let the DE people do their thing, the kernel people do their thing, etc. and then let the people who make distro's package it up, make it look nice, and make it play nice together.
2) IIRC, gnome does put out a live CD to demo its releases. KDE has "unofficial" live CDs to demo the KDE4 development releases (these are probably spearheaded by KDE developers who also develop for the various distro's that put together these liveCDs). I don't recall Xfce having one.
Last edited by igknighted; December 6th, 2007 at 03:00 PM.
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