Debian based end-user distro
Posted Dec 24, 2003 16:38 UTC (Wed) by subhasroy
Parent article: The Year-end Wrap-up
Good job Ladislav.
Some other observations:
1) It is interesting to see that there is also proliferation of Debian based end-user/home-user distros:
Lindows, Xandros, Libranet, Progency (gone?), Mephis, UserLinux (in the design process). The commercial end-user distros are longer making them based on rpm (like Mandrake and SuSE did), but on debian.
2) LSB is floundering in its promise to make the third-party software packages distro-agnostic. LSB is also (AFAIK) is rpm-oriented. Lack of standardization for the ISVs is the greatest failure of the Linux distros because it causes support nightmare for them. So, there is currently very little support from ISVs for Linux in comparison to Windows. There are good technical solutions to this problem. Unfortunately, there is no agreement among the Linux industry and thus there is no hope in sight. As long as Linux market remains fragmented like we have now, it is safe to predict that there will be no serious market penetration of Linux in the end-user market. Therefore there is little threat to Windows from Linux in the desktop market. (I am a developer and I use Linux at home, but I'll probably remain a negligible minority).
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