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Date:      Wed, 23 Feb 2005 14:53:04 -0600
From:      Jacob S <>
Subject:   Re: Different OS's? Marketshare
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On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 21:24:36 +0100
Anthony Atkielski <> wrote:

> Andrew L. Gould writes:
> > Fourth, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into developing and
> > packaging an operating system and its related applications.  I am
> > happy to pay for the convenience of an operating system on a DVD. 
> > It's only fair that the vendor be able to recover cost.  If earning
> > a little profit motivates them to continue providing a great
> > service, all the better.
> Fine.  Except that distributors are barely doing anything more than
> repackaging someone else's work.  They didn't write Linux.

And how would you classify all of the Gnu and gpl software, or the
Linux software that runs under the Linux compatability layer in FreeBSD?
KDE, Nmap, Xfree86,, mailman, exim, qmail and ezmlm are
just a few that come to mind.

Sorry, but I think you need to look under the hood better at Linux
before you say it's just being repackaged. Linux distributions may not
write their own kernels, but they do all help with development of the
Linux kernel. And there are at least 4 different methods of installing
packages that I can think of, from different distributions (Slackware's
tar.gz, Redhat's .rpm, Debian's .deb and Gentoo's ebuild).


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