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View Poll Results: What is your oppinion on the distro market
I'd like to see the number of disto's fall 13 59.09%
I'd like to see the number of disto's rise 7 31.82%
I'd like to see the number of disto's stay the same 2 9.09%
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Old 09-07-2004, 01:17 AM   #1
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When will the bubble burst.


According to distrowatch, their are
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Currently, there are a total of 331 Linux distributions and 8 BSD distributions--

http://www.distrowatch.com/stats.php

this is an incredible number. Yet every week their are new linux distro's entering the market.

Distros like Xandros and Linaire are only recently thrown onto the pile.

My thoughts are that eventually we will see the number of distro's begin to fall, as only the better ones will survive.

Would you all like to see a decline in linux distro's? or would you like the number to rise to 1000's?

if so, what distro;s would you like to see stay?
 
Old 09-07-2004, 02:58 AM   #2
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I think they need to fall. most of these new distros are just clones of others anyway e.g there are so many Knoppix and Redhat clones out there.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 04:37 AM   #3
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I want to see them rise. If they are clones people won't use them and if they do so what. If the number of distros rise then there is a good chance one will offer something innovative.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 04:41 AM   #4
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I don't think the number of distros is a problem. The thing is that the cost of entry to the market is rather low. But if you narrow it down to the number of distros that are really after a "market" then, the number is much lower.

Then if you narrow it down to the distros that HAVE a market or significant audience, then it's even lower. What's confusing is that the communication channels (distrowatch and other community sites) are the same for all distros, which gives the impression of a plethora of names for the same functions.

This is made even more so that the major distros are still rather small companies (some like debian are just projects), which, with the exception of Suse Novell and Redhat, can't access the mainstream communication channels.

I think there is a opportunity in any new distro for the community at large and it will cease to be so much the case only when some important interfaces and protocols have become standards. It's happening but still quite slowly.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 11:33 PM   #5
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I agree

i agree that many different distro's creates an environment where innovation wins. But having so many holds back what in my oppinion the linux world needs most. and that is a set of good, thought out standards.
 
Old 09-08-2004, 06:57 AM   #6
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When i said that more are needed I meant within standards. There is no reason to say we cant have lots of distros within standards. I think though, with everyone using generally the same kernals, and the same selection of display managers there are standards. The only variation comes in the configuration and things like RPM's. Even with them the distros are configuring the same thing just in a different way. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong as I'm not an expert by any means.
 
Old 09-08-2004, 10:33 PM   #7
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thats true

a agree that most things are the same, like how i can install most redhat RPM's on my Mandrake 10 system.
but for arguments sake, look at Vmware, Nvidia drivers and KDE 3.3. id like to be able to just ./ my nvida driver download and have it install, but instead it dosent recognize my kernel (default mdk 10) and needs to compile some modules. the same goes for vmware.

id like to install kde 3.3 on my system, but the packages are only for redhat, suse yoper and others, none for mdk yet. wouldent it be nice to be able to have one, mayb 2 packaging systems so developers dont havto relase 20 diff packages to keep everyone happy (rpm, deb, tgz)

i think we should all adopt the gentoo and debian software systems apt-get and emerge, then everyone would be happy
 
Old 09-09-2004, 09:54 AM   #8
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Makes good sense. When i first tried linux I was confused by the lack of exe's. If there was one install format to go with compiling it would help loads. But i think that may have some drawbacks by forcing all developers have their directory and menu structures the same for one.
 
  


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