Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing
I happened upon a blog entry titled "So Many Distros, So Little Time" which originally jumped across the RSS reader during January of this year. I gave it an honest read and was disgusted with the article quite a bit. Let me go point for point on this:
1. "We don’t need to keep reinventing Linux, creating distributions that
put critical bits in interesting and inventive if unusual places."
This couldn't be more wrong. We DO need to keep reinventing Linux and creating distributions that put critical bits in interesting and inventive if unusual places. Without these multiple distributions and their drive to do what isn't "normal" or "business as usual" innovation would be left up to a small number of distros and developers. Innovation thrives in the current environment...we have seen how desktop Linux has lept & bounded during the past 3-4 years. This statement is not only false, but it shows how much people (even industry consultants/analysts/journalists with over 25 years in the business) totally miss the mark when it comes to Linux and Open Source Software.
I assume you'd prefer a 'unified distro' or at least fewer to choose from...one where everyone can stop spinning their wheels developing for that small time distro and all join hands and work on that larger distro and make it 1000% better right? That's something that won't happen and shouldn't happen.
Perhaps you think new users will be scared of all of these choices?