July 24, 2013, 1:50 PM — The Distro Wars: Celebrate Choice in Linux!
Perry Helion has an interesting article about the ongoing squabbles over which distro is better. Is it time for us to simply shut up about all of it?
It's disappointing that supposedly highly evolved apes use their time and energy to pick at each other over fairly subjective matters of opinion and taste, but it does tend to help keep us from stressing about more important things like the huge inequalities in this world, the lack of obvious meaning to our existence and the fact that each of us and everyone we know is going to die sooner or later.
I have to agree with Perry that the distro wars are largely pointless now. In fact, I'd make the argument that they are the complete opposite of what Linux is all about anyway. The single best thing about Linux for me is that it offers a huge range of choices for all users.
If you want a huge, maximalist distro like Ultimate Edition, you can use it. If you prefer a tiny, minimalist distro like CrunchBang then you can use that instead. And you can choose from lots of other distros that fall in between these two extremes.
The bottom line is that there simply isn't one distro that fits everybody's needs or desires. It would be impossible to create such a distro since the Linux user base is so diverse. No matter how talented the developers, some people would not want to use what they managed to create.
So instead of fighting pointless distro wars, we ought to be celebrating the range of choices that we have in Linux. Unlike Windows or OS X, Linux users can make their computers into anything they want, at any time and for any reason.
Can the Ubuntu Edge Change the World? I Doubt It
Yesterday, I barked a little bit about the Ubuntu Edge phone. But my buddy Steven Vaughan-Nichols had a much more positive take on it. He thinks it could replace traditional desktop PCs.
Will people buy into this bet? I think they will.
I don't know if single-unit, everything-in-one, fit into your pocket PCs/smartphones will become the form factor for the near future. I do know that it won't be the traditional PC or laptop. Their day is done. The future belongs to cloud-based devices, tablets, smartphones, and, quite possibly, devices that look and work a lot like Canonical's Ubuntu Edge.
Oh boy, I wish I could share Steven's enthusiasm.