« Credit Card Purchases Trigger Phone Call from Bank | Main | Solaris Package Creation Flaw »

May 7, 2003

What Makes a Linux Distribution Cool?

Recently I've taken a bit of verbal abuse because my preference in linux distribution is either Yellow Dog or Red Hat. It's somewhat in fun, but also think there is a genuine feeling of superiority with certain distributions (my coworkers claim that to be a real linux user I must switch to Gentoo).

So what makes one linux distribution cooler than the next? It seems to me (based on this interaction) the more user friendly the installation and maintenance the less credible the distribution.

To me an OS is a means to the end, not the end itself (although there is a small amount of satisfaction derived from the install and getting the applications running). I don't want to spend days (or even hours for that matter) fiddling with settings/compiling code/recompiling kernel to get my OS installed.

Can't we respect a person's right to choose whatever distribution, and be happy they are a part of the larger linux community?

Posted by mike at May 7, 2003 3:32 PM