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Posted 12-15-2010 at 09:35 AM by ichase

This is my first Blog…..EVER…..I thought, what the heck, let’s give this thing a try. As a VERY new Linux user, 10/22/2010 (First install, duel boot with Win XP and Mandriva 2010.0 KDE) I have become absolutely fascinated by the Open Source Operating System. I am currently learning how to install multiple distros on an external hard drive when someone asked the question. “Why have multiple distros? Find one, install it and be done with it.”
Well I pondered this question for a little while. I have Mandriva 2010 installed but why did I install Mandriva and not Ubuntu, or Debian, or PCLOS, etc?
A vision came to me of a neighborhood full of houses. I will call it Linuxville. All of them different but all sharing the same very important (if not the most important) feature…..Their foundations were all the same. (Linux Kernel)
There was the Ubuntu House – This was a 2 story house, fully furnished with window treatments, paint, wood floors etc. Move in ready, turn the key (boot) open the door and walk in and turn on the tv.
Then there was the Debian House – This was a one story house, had some furnishing and over all ready to move in with a few minor things to take care of to make it cozy.
I then walked into the Puppy House – This was a small one story bungalow with just enough in it to enjoy it over a long weekend. Could I live here permanently? Maybe, but it may get a little cramped rather quickly.
I then saw this house, which really was not a house….YET and it was called the Arch House – This was a very strong frame with no windows, no doors, and no furniture. It was a blank slate for the new owner to customize, paint, furnish themselves so that it would be “THEIR” house, based on “THEIR” design.
Being new to home owning (not literally….You know what I mean) I was intimidated by the Arch house and thought that the Ubuntu house was too much and did not allow me to be creative and have my own ideas. So I “Rented” a house that allowed me to learn about houses in general. (If you own a “REAL” house you know what I am talking about) As I started to learn, I wanted to spend some time in other houses, so that is what I am doing.
I think personality has a lot in choosing a house. For me, I like to have choices, so even though the Arch House intimidates me now, I eventually want to own one of my own. But I have a while to go before I am ready for that.

With so many distros out there, the above mentioned examples were just that…….Examples. Of course many distros fall in between the above mentioned analogy as well as could be the same style.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you do not walk away feeling as if you will never get that time back. 

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    Nice article ! I'm not too familiar with all the distros, but your house hunting metaphors would help people in understanding what a distro means and how to go about selecting one. Thanks !
    Posted 12-15-2010 at 07:27 PM by wagaboy wagaboy is offline
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    Thanks for the kind response wagaboy.
    Posted 12-16-2010 at 06:34 AM by ichase ichase is offline


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