There are a lot of linux distros, there are small, medium and big linux distributions (They fits
from a simple floppy, ZIP disk, CD-ROM to a DVD format), there are
simplisted, very completed (9000 packages),
gerenals, specifics, secured, embedded, minis, wireless, diskless,
region specific, non graphical (text mode),
GUI desktop, easy, hard, platform specific, etc ...
In lwn.net are trying to enumerate
all the avaliables linux distros.
They have around 280 distros, that are organizated into several categories:
- Leading Distributions
- Also well-known
- Non-technical desktop
- General Purpose
- Embedded Distributions
- Secured Distributions
- Special Purpose/Mini
- Zip disk-based
- Small Disk
- Oracle's NIC
- Older Intel
- DOS/Windows install
- Diskless Terminal
- Historical (Non-active)
Oh no!!!, that's horrible, there are at least 280 linux distributions,
all of them differents and with its particularities and flavours.
But this is all the contrary, you have liberty, you can choose
the best distro than fits with yours necesities and solve yours problems.
Sometime ago I read that "Unix are like the panel of a
Radio-Cassete of a car, if you can manage/control one, then you will control
all the differents models/marks/versions", and is true.
First you learn the basic (comun for all version of unix) and then with the
help of man, info, doc, howto's, try'&'error, etc... you can administration
all the unix's (of course your need some time to learn the
differents ways to do the job)
, because all have the same base and the same philosophy.
When I say unix, you can undestand linux distro too,
where the differents are always lesser.
I think it's good that they have many distros to choosen,
because everyone have his unique "features" and caracteristiques,
and then they compites to be more better than the other.
Everyday a linux distro has to be better of all the rest, then they
make news features, (R&D) I+D, news releases, better support.
And all of this is good for Linux.
But it's very important that all complains the linux standard bases, to
avoid problems withs instalations and execution of programs.
Gaël Duval, founder of Mandrake Linux explains it better:
"Diversity is always good. It allows new experimentations and eventually fits
new needs. If a new Linux distribution brings nice innovations and respects
the open source spirit, then Mandrake-Linux will include them. Also one of
the advantage of Linux, is that you have a Desktop and a Server in the same
product. This leads to a new and different usage of computers."
All distros have their own support for Community,
colaborating in the projects that they think are more interesting.
Here are some examples of this support:
- Compilador GCC
- SITAR - System InformaTion At Runtime
- HardDrake, DrakX and DiskDrake
- Red Hat:
- Tux http server
- Device Drivers
- Porte Alpha
- Others linux distros
What I don't like is the new (from version 7.0) polity of SuSE, of
not putting online a demo (not live-eval) of his distro.
Here you have the oficial explication for SuSE,
about NOT avaliavility ISO images for INTEL/AMD platforms:
(extracted from this URL:
"ISO images of SuSE Linux:
SuSE Linux AG is one of the leading providers of Open Source software
worldwide: this forms the backdrop to the reason why we, too, have
committed ourselves to the support and further development of the
SuSE Linux AG, with over 100 full time developers, is making a
substantial contribution to the further development of the Linux Open
Source operating system and its related programs. We are one of the main
driving forces in the fields of development of the kernel, KDE, XFree86,
compiler, ALSA, USB and multiple-platforms, and we are in addition
supporting the internationalization of the Linux project.
In our SuSE Linux Open Source operating system we bring together a wide
range of freely available programs, applications and tools. This is our
carefully assembled product, which we provide and distribute for 6
platforms (Intel/AMD, IA64, PPC, AXP, S/390 and Sparc).
Above all we strive to ensure the high quality of SuSE Linux, and that
it is as up-to-date as possible. In addition we want to guarantee the
constant high quality of our documentation and our support, in the interest of all customers.
In order to be able to maintain this service in the future, as well as
meeting the accompanying wishes of our customers, we are dependent on
sales of our products and services, and must ensure that an adequate
cost structure exists within our company.
For the purposes of testing and evaluation, we have made a great effort
to provide a variation of SuSE Linux which does not have to be
installed, and which makes it extremely easy to try out SuSE Linux or examine its hardware requirements.
SuSE Linux FTP version (SuSE Linux Professional, excluding
commercial program packages, which we are not allowed to offer on their
own for download) we provide a free service for all those who wish to
install SuSE Linux via FTP.
We are currently providing ISO images for download for most of
non-Intel/AMD/PPC platforms (IA64, S/390 and Sparc), since these
products cannot be made available everywhere, worldwide and at the
Well, at least we have access to all (non-commercials)
packages of every new SuSE version in the
SuSE ftp server
In this spanish article:
Paquetes binarios actualizados para SuSE Linux there are links to more
news SuSE rpm packages ;-)