I agree with Brian, I really don't think that this is an anti-Linux article. I read the entire article and I really feel that is a Linux fan's honest assessment of the OS that he loves. There are problems with Linux, and I really feel that the author does his best to outline them in an honest way so that the Linux community can address these issues in a way that benefits the entire community and moves our beloved desktop OS forward.
Which is my take on it as well. Fanboy articles, regardless of the fanboy (or fangirl), and the OS of their desire, serve no one. They're cheerleading for the dedicated fan and not honest assessments of the pluses and minuses which everything has.
I for one agree with the idea that there is no real-world need for over 500 different distributions. At most the Linux community could utilize say 80 different distributions and we could use the manpower to better those 80 or so odd distributions to be their best.
And I'd narrow that number by a factor of 8. One of the things that really turns off the larger world to Linux is the fact that there are just too many distros and:
a: Very few people in the Linux community understand more than a few of them, if that.
b: People outside the Linux community might understand the need for a few, but not what's out there now. There is such a thing as too much choice and people deal with this even less ideally when they don't have any idea on what to base a choice and where many choices are, for all practical intents and purposes, distinctions without difference.
I'll also add that most of the most vociferous defenders of the need for either a given distro over another or for the ongoing existence of hundreds of distros tend to be people who exemplify Sayre's Law, but substituting "information technology" for "the university": The politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.
I've seen more near-assassinations over minutiae that made (and continue to make) virtually no difference between IT professionals than I care to even think about. This is but one of the reasons I'm no longer in the field at the design and coding level.
While trying to design "the Swiss Army Knife" of OSes will generally please no one, what's going on with Linux distros pleases no one but the defenders of each one.
It wouldn't hurt to have someone else get involved with the kernel, either.
Edited by britechguy, 02 May 2017 - 02:20 PM.
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