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How Many Types of Linux Do We Need?

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Luke asked over on Lockergnome why there are so many different Linux distros. Linux is awesome, there’s no doubt about it. The beauty of Linux is that it is open-source, and anyone can change it how they see fit. You can take Linux as an operating system, give it different themes and choices and generally mold it to your liking. Some people want certain choices and features, while others want something entirely different.

There are gazillions of people on this planet right now. Not all of them will ever care to build their own flavor of Linux. But Linux gives you the ability to choose how YOU want things, and then share it with the world. I’ve talked before about where you can go to build your own version of Linux. It’s not as difficult as you might think it is… so what are you waiting for?

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How to Build Your Own Linux Distro

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Chances are by now you’ve messed around with Linux. And of course, Linux may have messed around with you. Unless you know what you’re doing, it can be a real mess. So, there are distros you can download to help you along. These distributions are built by other people with different needs and ideas than what you have. So what are you left to do? How can you build your own distro?

By going to SUSE Studio, you can build your own personal Linux distribution right on the web. Customize it to your heart’s content, and share it with the world! SUSE Studio is a simple and fast appliance builder. It provides an easy to use, web-based user interface and will run in your browser without other needed software.

One great feature is the SUSE Studio Testdrive. You can boot, configure and test your appliance in a browser window without download. You don’t know what an appliance is? I’m glad you asked, so that I can tell you! An appliance is a combination of an application (such as a database), it’s configuration and an operating system. The parts are integrated into a single image which is then usable on pretty much any hardware.

You can even put your distro into a format that will work perfectly on demo CDs. Those are perfect to show off to others, or even give out at trade shows. Who knows – maybe your custom distro will be the next big one!! If Hannah Montana can have her own distro, what’s your excuse?!

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Ubuntu Response from RedHat CEO

“GTPeach” from our chat room asked me if I wanted to ask a question of the RedHat CEO. I asked how he felt about Ubuntu. She told me this:

He went off for quite some time with this question. The summary of points is this: He has a lot of issues with Ubuntu regarding integrity. He says they are similar to Fedora but make too many compromises. They have “different levels of commitment to the Open Source community”. As an example, he says Fedora uses only the Open Source drivers while Ubuntu uses any. He also brought up the proprietary rights to things like CDs; saying that Ubuntu will allow you to lie about the country you are from in order to easily download codecs required to run CDs which “facilitates illegality” and Fedora merely takes you to a place you can buy the necessary codecs. He says the biggest issue he has with Ubuntu is the way that they treat the community. He says they “propagate the viewpoint that Open Source both violates intellectual property rights and is nothing more than a community of piracy.” He believes RedHat does not compromise their community, but instead builds it up, and refuses to make the same compromises regardless of the ease of use.

Yeah, but isn’t the nature of the Linux community to circumvent certain kinds legalities just to get something done? 🙂