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    chris p Guest

    The Linux band wagon


    What's your response to what Bill Gates and others have said about the incompatibilities
    in the differing versions of Linux being a major detriment to its widespread
    use, especially on the net?
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    Neil Matthew & Rick Stones Guest

    Re: The Linux band wagon


    chris p <chrisp38@excite.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > What's your response to what Bill Gates and others have said about the

    incompatibilities
    > in the differing versions of Linux being a major detriment to its

    widespread
    > use, especially on the net?


    Hi,

    It's tempting to respond that the comment is a bit rich coming from
    Microsoft.
    Just how many incompatibilities are there between Win NT4, Win 98, Win 98
    SE,
    Win 2000, and Win Me? No PnP or USB on NT4. DHCP differences between Win 98
    SE
    and Win 2000, and on it goes. But we won't

    It is true to say that the various distributions of Linux have gone their
    separate
    ways in some respects. Installation methods, packages installed by default
    and
    locations of "standard" files all differ. This reflects the fact the Linux
    is
    essentially open, vendors can do what they think is best to address their
    target
    market. This is both good and bad.

    On the positive side we have seen distributions that concentrate on ease of
    install
    and ease of use. Corel Linux is one example that appeals to the new user
    because
    of this. Attracting new users is of course essential for the growth and
    widespread
    uptake of Linux - which is A Good Thing {tm}. Another positive benefit is
    the
    creation of what we might call Linux appliances, distributions aimed at one
    particular task, for example Turbo Linux server, or another one that might
    be
    a firewall-in-a-box. These pre-configured solutions may be attractive to
    corporate Linux users wanting to explore the option of using Linux in
    business
    and avoiding having to make too big an investment in learning how to tweak
    every
    option that the Linux community provides. A drop-in Web server would be a
    good
    example of this, one that comes pre-configured with Apache/PHP/MySQL say.

    On the "not so positive" side we see differences that are not really
    justified,
    such as the location of configuration files for X, networking and startup
    scripts.
    This makes it unnecessarily difficult for application vendors to create a
    program that will install and run on all distributions. We have started to
    see
    applications choosing to require a particular distribution, usually Red Hat.

    There is a solution to this though. The Linux Standard Base project aims to
    create a standard for Linux distributions which will allow applications to
    run on all compliant systems. We believe this can be achieved without losing
    the diversity of distributions that provide the positive points noted above.

    You can see what the LSB are doing at:

    http://www.linuxbase.org/


    Neil and Rick



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