By my count, there are one million, two hundred and seventy thousand, and four hundred and seventeen Linux distributions.
Nah, Im kidding. There are only, by my quick count, one hundred and forty-one Linux distributions. Currently shipping. For the Intel platform. In English.
Is it just me, or is something wrong here?
Now, I love operating systems. You name it—CP/M, TOPS-20, VAX/VMS, AmigaOS, VM/MVS, Windows from 1.0 up to Windows Embedded for Point of Service, and more shades of Unix and Linux than you can shake a stick at—chances are, Ive run it.
For me, besides having an odd hobby, part of my stock in trade as a technology journalist is the theory and practice of operating systems.
Whats your excuse?
Seriously. Why are there so many people wasting their time inventing and reinventing Linux?
Yes, I said “wasting” and I meant it.
I mean, come on, guys! Over one hundred Linux distributions?!