[kwlug-disc] Linux Journal says Mandriva best distribution

Shane shane.msg at gmail.com
Fri May 14 15:14:03 EDT 2010

How did they do their evaluation?  What baggage did they, indeed do we all, bring to the table?

I used Mandrake for a while and found it to be okay.  Moved to Debian though and have no reason to look back.  Parenthetically, I have nothing to do with Mandrake the Magician any more. 
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

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From: "Insurance Squared Inc." <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 14:35:10 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: [kwlug-disc] Linux Journal says Mandriva best distribution

..well, I had to read between the lines to get that little snippet. But 
Linux Journal this month has some very interesting articles.  They 
discuss the history of the various linux distributions including how and 
why they were formed.  And they have a grid of the top 16 linux 
distributions with kernel version, first release date, % of users and a 
variety of other stats like whether it's best for server or desktop.

Ubuntu shows 31% of users.  Suse is next at 11%.  Debian and Fedora have 
9% of users.  Arch linux has 7% of users (I've never even heard of that) 
and Mandriva is next at 6%.  Then there's the next 10.

They also discuss how/why such a wide variety of distro's could be 
problematic.  My opinion is just the opposite - all these distros are 
creating a healthy, competive environment.  I don't know why that would 
be - the opposite seems intuitive.  But nevertheless Linux is not just 
surviving but actually thriving and growing even despite there being 
15-20 common distributions.

If you've got access to the article, it's an interesting read.  Looks 
like they make the articles available online after a month or two.

-- g.

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