Does anyone actually know how many distros/flavors/desktops/VERSIONS Linux has?!? I’ve seen guesstimates of around 600+-, but as usual there are questions that go unanswered because of the confused state of Linux data.
If Microsoft had envisioned a perfect plan of attack against Linux, back in the early days when both were still OS newbies, at the ‘Top of the Plan’ would’ve been ‘Step 1: – Divide and Conquer’.
: to make a group of people disagree and fight with one another so that they will not join together against one
Microsoft wasn’t given desktop dominance out of the gate … there were GM & North American Aviation, Control Data Corporation, AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM, etcetera plus other ‘Giants’ also, e.g. Data General, Hewlett-Packard, and Computer Automation creating their own OSes. Then came the “Home Computers” with BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Apple, the Atari, etc. A lot of those companies were going strong before Microsoft threw MS-DOS into the ring.
Was Microsoft competing with some 600+- OSes before Linux arrived in late 1991? There were a lot of them, but nowhere near 600+- OSes.
There are too many Linux distributions these days. While it can be argued that having too much choice is never a bad thing, the truth is, having so many distros causes resources to be spread too thinly. There is a lot of redundancy and waste, and eventually, the chickens will come home to roost — we will see Linux-based operating systems begin to drop like flies.
Yep, developers/code writers are growing tired of donating their labor and free time to Linux – donating as in working for nothing. Why are there no Labor Laws against Open Source groups and/or the 600+- Linux companies?