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Re: [opensuse] HCLs [Was:openSuSE to be sold to Vmware?]
  • From: Anton Aylward <anton.aylward@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:57:16 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C93579C.4000403@xxxxxxxxxx>
Rajko M. said the following on 09/16/2010 07:13 PM:
On Thursday 16 September 2010 15:05:40 Adam Tauno Williams wrote:

Generally we
need more things like <> and less
opensuse-, ubuntu-, fedora-, etc..


Unix was marginalized because of too many *nixes at some point in time.
I don't see that same conditions in Linux can produce different result.

I disagree.
So many flavours of Linux are addressing specific markets and market
verticals, which was not the case in the 80s when everyone who could get
hold of a 16-bit microprocessor was trying to do their variant of UNIX.

Now most of the variants of Linux you don't even see "as Linux", in your
TV, your GPS, you cell phone, your automobile, that billboard beside the
highway, that store directory and wedding gift registry, that thing in
your basement that lets you use your TV cable service for a phone ...
and much more.

Will the redhat vs suse vs ubuntu vs mandriva see a shake-out?
Possibly. But I don't see a shake-out between AIX and HP/U (though
DG/UX isn't around but that's a different story).

Personally I see redhat and suse positioning themselves with some but
far from total overlap and in a market that is slightly different from
that ubuntu is trying to fill. I also see them trying to do that in
different ways. So long as there is a big enough and growing market I
don't see them trying to take each other down.

As for other distributions such as Mint, PCLinuxOS, MEPIS, and others
you can see at, they fall into a few categories:

* Specialist: Firewall, security, diagnostics
* Targeted; Education, Entertainment
* Hobby: Many desktop variants

The rise of national radio and TV did not cause radio hams to become
extinct. A shakedown in the "market" will not stop enthusiast producing
variants of Linux "for fun and profit".

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own
reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
--George Washington
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