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Linux: Now 400 Distributions Strong

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Choice is certainly not a problem for Linux in trying to reach more users.

A new report now lists 400 different Linux distributions that are currently available.

According to the GLDT project, the Linux environment has grown by 10 new distributions over the past two months and more than 50 over the past six months. Among the new entries between September and October are candidates such as AtheOS, DreamStudio, Garuda or Syllable. Debian remains the most populated Linux branch with 114 different choices - among them flavors such Knoppix and Ubuntu. Redhat is the next largest branch, followed by Slackware and smaller branches such as Arch, Enoch, or Sorcerer.

A chart that is offered by GLDT for download includes the history of distributions that also includes once promising packages that are long gone - among them Lindows (Linspire), Xandros, Caldera, or LinuxPPC.

According to StatCounter, Linux currently has only 0.84 percent global market share among Internet users.

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    sayakbiswas , November 7, 2011 2:20 PM
    Linux: Now 400 Distributions to confuse the $h!t out of newcomers!!!!
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    megamanx00 , November 7, 2011 2:13 PM
    Ugh too many Distros. There are probably less that are active though. The problem with so many Distros is that you have alot of people duplicating efforts resulting in the Community as a whole working harder not smarter.
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    goatsetung , November 7, 2011 2:34 PM
    Far too many. A smaller number should enable resources to be put to better use.
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  • 24 Hide
    megamanx00 , November 7, 2011 2:13 PM
    Ugh too many Distros. There are probably less that are active though. The problem with so many Distros is that you have alot of people duplicating efforts resulting in the Community as a whole working harder not smarter.
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    ansemx324 , November 7, 2011 2:16 PM
    Does android count as linux? I think it should... If others agree, Id image that the percent of internet users using "linux" will grow substantially in the coming year with all of the tablets and smartphones
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    runswindows95 , November 7, 2011 2:17 PM
    I agree. I think they might be less then 10 distros widely used. I personally just run Linuxmint.
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    sayakbiswas , November 7, 2011 2:20 PM
    Linux: Now 400 Distributions to confuse the $h!t out of newcomers!!!!
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    sayakbiswas , November 7, 2011 2:23 PM
    i use Ubuntu, and i'm really happy :) 
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    goatsetung , November 7, 2011 2:34 PM
    Far too many. A smaller number should enable resources to be put to better use.
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    STravis , November 7, 2011 2:38 PM
    I prefer CentOS for my use...
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    Yuka , November 7, 2011 2:51 PM
    Choice is good, but requires a lot more effort into it and we all know "people" is/are lazy.

    I agree with you all that they should actually try and work on a common basis a lil' ahead of the kernel into X territory.

    And where's Gentoo in all that? XD

    Cheers!
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    halcyon , November 7, 2011 2:58 PM
    400 distros? Whatever floats their boat.
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    LuckyDucky7 , November 7, 2011 3:17 PM
    Why can't they just make a concatenated Linux OS?

    Call it something like, I don't know, Grand Unified Linux or something.

    Which can install any package you throw at it.
    Which works with most plugins and software out there.

    If you can do that you can get some more adoption since developers know what they're developing for.
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    halcyon , November 7, 2011 3:20 PM
    LuckyDucky7Why can't they just make a concatenated Linux OS?Call it something like, I don't know, Grand Unified Linux or something.Which can install any package you throw at it.Which works with most plugins and software out there.If you can do that you can get some more adoption since developers know what they're developing for.


    There you all go making sense again. :sarcastic:  Its better the way it is...nice and scattered and somewhat disorganized. Just what most users are looking for. /sarcasm
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    thaile4ever , November 7, 2011 3:21 PM
    The problem really is that anyone can take a distro change somethings and call it a new distro. Like the Hanna Montanna Distro, which just changes the background and some icons.
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    rjq , November 7, 2011 3:38 PM
    As far as I can tell, there is just one linux, and then four-six (more or less) DEs, then a handfull of WM, then hundreds of aplications and more than a few ways to package them... by saying 400 linux distributions it means there is 400 succesfull (more or less again) convinations of the just metioned data... and if you still don't see one that it fits you, just make your own.
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    officeguy , November 7, 2011 3:39 PM
    Tell me again, what is Linux used for?
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    srgess , November 7, 2011 3:44 PM
    agreed people focus on taking a distribution , change appearance of desktop rename it instead of working on one distribution and optimizing it and for the hell get some decent game on it.
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    oatmeal25 , November 7, 2011 3:46 PM
    Raise your hand if you publish a linux distro!

    p.s. This is the reason Linux is getting nowhere
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    70camaross396 , November 7, 2011 3:51 PM
    I personally prefer to roll my own. www.linuxfromscratch.org. if you really want to know how linux works, this is a great place to start. it will walk you through compiling your own linux from source code. when your finished you will have a very limited linux system, which you can customize to you likeing by using Beyond Linux From Scratch.
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    mayne92 , November 7, 2011 3:59 PM
    officeguyTell me again, what is Linux used for?

    Not only used for servers but to wreck havoc on your Wind0ze machine
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    halcyon , November 7, 2011 4:02 PM
    I think the problem remains that Linux isn't mainstream. When Johny, heading off to school, says "I need a computer" he isn't thinking Linux. He's thinking Mac or Wintel. I would like to see that change. Is there no profit in making a version of Linux that has the device and technical support AND ease of use to be the preferred platform for the average user? Something with emulation built in so that folks could still, easily, run all their Windows programs without having to be computer enthusiasts to do so. A distro that can play at least some of the Windows games well enough to be a true alternative.

    If they can get this together and MARKET IT TO THE MASSES using TELEVISION we might see a change one day.
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    back_by_demand , November 7, 2011 4:07 PM
    Guy goes into a computer store and asks the guy behind the counter:-
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    What version of Linux should I install?

    ...
    Guy behind the counter thinks:-
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    Should I really spend the next 3 weeks explaining to this r-tard the difference between 400 distros?

    ...
    Guy behind the counter says:-
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    Don't use Linux, use Windows, it does everything you need

    ...
    That's the real reason Linux is a 'hobby' OS
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