Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 01-25-2004, 08:30 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2004
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
distribution differences?

What exactly is it that the different distributions add?
Do they make any modifications to the kernel?
Do they write their own device drivers?
How can there be a specific Red Hat hardware list?

Old 01-25-2004, 08:40 PM   #2
LQ Addict
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Maine, USA
Distribution: Slackware/SuSE/DSL
Posts: 1,320

Rep: Reputation: 45
> What exactly is it that the different distributions add?
That would take a novel and a half to say "exactly". Most or all distros have the core utilities, and most have things like Mozilla, Open Office, and various window managers.....then it's up to the developers to decide what other 3rd-party stuff to add.

> Do they make any modifications to the kernel?
Yes. This is one of the reasons I tend to stick with SuSE. Take v9 for example....the kernel is listed as 2.4.21-99, but they took some useful features from the development 2.6 kernel and added it into the default 2.4.

> Do they write their own device drivers?
I really have no idea.

> How can there be a specific Red Hat hardware list?
RedHat is looked upon by many as being the "standard" Linux, so a lot of developers will use this distribution as a testing ground for drivers and other software. There's really no RedHat-specific software, but some software which installs and runs easily in RH (because it was built against it) may be troublesome or more difficult to get working in another distro.
Old 01-30-2004, 11:46 AM   #3
cAos project lead
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Berkeley, CA
Distribution: cAos
Posts: 61

Rep: Reputation: 15
The main difference is in management, packaged applications, and what patches or modifications are made to the included packages.

BTW: The modifications may claim better hardware support, distribution value adds, bug fixes, etc...

It is my opinion that the most important aspects of a distribution are: management (future plans, agendas, survival models), and standardization (both LSB, file system, and administration methods).

I can't help myself to not plug a new community maintained RPM based distro here: (cAos)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Going from distribution to distribution safe? sausagejohnson Linux - General 8 04-30-2004 02:27 AM
Differences progjm Linux - Distributions 3 09-08-2003 11:02 PM
Distribution differences: liguorir Linux - Software 1 07-08-2003 09:47 AM
Distribution Size & Differences kleptos Linux - Software 1 01-01-2003 07:32 PM
what are some differences between C and C++? Chooco Programming 9 06-07-2002 07:14 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:22 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration