There are too darned many Linuxes

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By my count, there are one million, two hundred and seventy thousand, and four hundred and seventeen Linux distributions.

Nah, I'm kidding. There are only, by my quick count, one hundred and forty one Linux distributions. Currently shipping. For the Intel platform. In English.

Is it just me, or is something wrong here?

Now, I love operating systems. You name it -- CP/M, TOPS-20, VAX/VMS, AmigaOS, VM/MVS, Windows from 1.0 up to Windows Embedded for Point of Service, and more shades of Unix and Linux than you can shake a stick at -- chances are, I've run it.

For me, besides being having an odd hobby, part of my stock in trade as a technology journalist is the theory and practice of operating systems.

What's your excuse?

Seriously. Why are there so many people wasting their time inventing and re-inventing Linux?

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