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Distribution quotes of the week

Distribution quotes of the week

Posted Dec 3, 2012 6:05 UTC (Mon) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
In reply to: Distribution quotes of the week by tpo
Parent article: Distribution quotes of the week

One could accurately tell you the number of active subscriptions that RHEL has but that is internally information for Red Hat and similarly for SUSE. Other than that, no accurate numbers exist for any distribution typically. That are ballpark figures for some community distributions. On the desktop level, Ubuntu is clearly popular but they clearly don't have the lead on the enterprise or server level

* Linux mirrors and download stats from them
* What webhosting administration panel supports including cpanel
* What do the most popular and most widely used webhosting companies offer by default
* What do server ISV's support the most

Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

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Distribution quotes of the week

Posted Dec 3, 2012 7:03 UTC (Mon) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

None of this is in the least relevant! The question is whether the biggest distribution (be it RHEL, Fedora, Ubuntu, or whoever) is allowed, de facto, to "define" the platform. If one distro commanded 90% of the users, clearly that would win, but we aren't there yet. Lennart's suggestion that Ubuntu, by not going along with his vision, is not sharing "the platform", is obnoxious, as is defining "the platform" to include gdm and gnome3.

Below, tpo writes: 'If the biggest desktop distro says "we chose these technologies [systemd, gnome3 etc], and we'll be using them during the next 10 years and we guarantee they will be around during that period", then that'd be different [for proprietary software].' That's what Fedora and Red Hat are aiming at. Best case (for them) -- other distros fall in line. More likely -- proprietary software distributors will continue to package their stuff separately for each distro, but the differences will not just be about dependencies and packaging format, but will involve basic parts of the system.

I'm not a Fedora or RHEL user and am not convinced I will ever want to be one. Not only am I repelled by this needless re-architecting of Unix methods that have worked for decades, but Gnome3 and Unity are so competitively awful that I have just switched to a tiling WM (i3) and don't plan to go back. In this mad and futile rush to win the "desktop" (which was last year's battle -- the world has moved on to mobile devices), RH/Fedora and Ubuntu have both managed to annoy users who just want a working Unix-like system whose parts fit together in easily comprehensible ways and whose configuration can be changed with a text editor.

Distribution quotes of the week

Posted Dec 3, 2012 7:18 UTC (Mon) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

that may be what RHEL is aiming for, but Fedora is not

At least not unless they are willing to give up the 'leading edge' goal as well, or unless they are so arrogant that they thing that the decisions they will make now are going to be so good that no better decisions will be able to be made in the next 10 years.

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