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Old 07-11-2004, 09:14 AM   #1
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Too Many Distro's ? New User's Confused ?

I switched to linux several months ago and have been happy ever since but for some minor issues that were solved.

I just happened to go to There are so many new distros and new versions comming out every few weeks. New users maybe overhwlemed at what to choose/use. Is there really a need for so many Distro's/Versions ?

Please share your opinions.


Old 07-11-2004, 09:23 AM   #2
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Select the distro that suits you best. Mandrake is really good for a newbie. SmoothWall and the likes are good to get your firewall/gateway up real quick. Gentoo (in my opinion) is sort of hooked to the net. There is a RedFlag linux for Chinese users, and so on.
Old 07-11-2004, 09:26 AM   #3
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it's just the freedom to choose...basically linuxes use linux kernel, and you can get the apps to each one of them no matter what you use (last resort is to compile, if no binaries are found or you're just interested doing that), so in that way it's not a big deal really. usually for newbies the biggest, "main" distros are the best choise.

I don't think it's a bad thing to have many distros..and many of them are based on some others, so they're not that different but just aimed at different things like security etc. if I think of five windows versions I can choose from (actually only two, if I want to use them next year too? or if I _wanted_ to) and a big bunch of linuxes, I think it's good that I have something to choose from. after all, do you think it's a bad thing to have millions or billions of different kind of species of animals (wow, nice sentence)? I don't. so why would it be different with linux distros?
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Old 07-11-2004, 09:33 AM   #5
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It really depends on how you cont your distros. I got a copy of Aurox this week and I'm getting ready to find out what it's all about, but basically it's Fedora Core with some extras and some tweaking.

The way I see it, FC has served (is serving) to provide a basis for another team of Linux developers to make a better/more stable/even more user friendly distro. At the speed at which things are changing they (Aurox - Polish in origin btw) are currently updating their distro every 3 months.

Other distros are specialising in special user needs: completely configurable (almost from scratch), easy Win to Lin conversion, servers, small systems/slow or old PC's, specific language groups, etc, etc.

Of course it all looks a bit confusing when you start out and I still don't have a complete and clea image of whet's what and who's who, but I'd say the diversity is positive. The fact that numerous development groups are working on finding sollutions to varying problems means that progress can be made faster, easier, with a lot of feedback from the community and to serve very diverse needs with a system that (in essence) is the same in the end.


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