That's true, linuxviolin. We are not really saying that less choice is equal to no choice. But limiting choice in Linux is simply not gonna happen.linuxviolin wrote:please, don't misunderstand the posts! Say there are too many distros does NOT mean we must have ONLY one distro! I guess nobody say that! LESS choice is NOT equal to NO choice.|
I am not even convinced, as some are, that having all of those distros out there is a bad thing for Linux. I believe it is a good thing.
I don't know if it can be proven that it hurts Linux popularity. Heck, we can't even figure out how many people actually use Linux, how are we supposed to know if something like the number of distros is hurting its popularity?
Maybe some people are turned off from Linux because of the number of distros (why didn't it turn me off, though?). But maybe some people who wouldn't have come over to Linux happened to find some obscure distro and that's what got them hooked on Linux. How many people fit into either one of those scenarios? We have no idea. We have no way or finding out. So I don't believe that anyone really knows if the number of distros hurts Linux popularity. It's all a guessing game.
And, so what? Is the goal to increase Linux popularity? That has never been a concern of mine to begin with. I'm not sure to what extent it should be anyone's goal, but if it's important to you, fine. I don't have a problem with Linux' popularity as it stands right now.
Bottom line, the whole debate about the number of distros or DEs or WMs or similar apps in Linux is pointless. IMHO.