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Old 09-08-2005, 10:16 AM   #1
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Question Linux Distributions - Do we need that?


I was wondering if we truly need a Distributions forum with a lot more distributions in there. I ask this because many distributions in there are either dead (as Conectiva) or not very popular (as Feather Linux). That can actually reduce the amount of unanswered questions with possible answers. eg:

1 - An user using Redhat has problem with Apache. He/She places a question on Redhat forum. Chances are that the problem he/she has in Apache related, meaning that it should be placed on Software. Placing that question on Redhat will make this question quite over-looked by many. I for one never look into Redhat forum, but there might be questions in there that I maybe could answer if they where somewhere else.

2 - Many distros are based on another. For example, Libranet is based on Debian. Most likely, a Debian user would have a lot of good points debian-related for Libranet users. A Libranet user placing a question on Libranet would most likely be overlooked by Debian users.

3 - Removing (or reducing) Linux Distributions would avoid double-posts. I've seen many peoples, for example, placing the same question on Networking and Fedora.

4 - Distros are always changing: New ones appear all the time, other are bought by another and some simply stop to get support.

Now, I realize the LQ.org is also the official forum for some distributions, but creating other forums/links will eventually be more of a problem then actually a solution, with question all over the place that could be answered quickly and viewed by a higher number of users. If a question is indeed Distro-Related, then most likely the bug found on a given distribution will be on the distro's knowledge base homepage.

I also know that many would say that a 0-reply question can be easily found with the search link, but there are also many "answered" question in many of those distributions section that do not actually fix the problem in question.

So my suggestion is: Reduce the amount of distributions, leaving something like the top-ten according to distrowatch or some other site, remove it completely or leave a forum only for distros that are actually "exotic" in some sort of way where fix/tips would not work in the old Linux fashion way, as Linspire (just an example, no flames please).

Thank you for reading this.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Those distribution forums stem from official support from the distributions themselves.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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Originally posted by Matir
Those distribution forums stem from official support from the distributions themselves.
Not necessarily official support but rather official representatives from each Distribution.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 10:41 AM   #4
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Sorry. That's what I meant, and for some reason the word representative escaped my brain. 10AM classes after all-night coding sprees=bad.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 02:54 PM   #5
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We should also remember that each of the distro forums represent a particular community: the Libranet community, the Debian community, etc. A community within the larger LQ community. This fits with the overall aims of LQ.

A vote for them to stay from me.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 03:58 PM   #6
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I find the current setup functional and logical. Another vote for the status quo.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 06:05 PM   #7
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I find the current setup functional and logical. Another vote for the status quo.
So do I.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 06:08 PM   #8
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I agree that we should keep them, though I feel Megaman X made some good points. I think users should be encouraged to think about the source of their problem more and post accordingly...
  • Package management? Distribution.
  • Software? Linux - Software
  • Configuration file locations? Distribution
  • Configuration file directives? Software.

Just my
 
  


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