The 7 Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Thu Sep 27 20:05:10 UTC 2007


"Fedora's main reputation is for being the first distro to include new 
innovations. For instance, Fedora was the first distribution to include 
tools that allowed average users to work with SELinux's detailed 
security options. In the same way, Fedora 7 was the first to include 
Smolt, a program for collecting hardware information about users; 
Revisor, a program for creating custom install disks, and the Liberation 
typefaces that provide the metrical equivalents of Arial, Helvetica, and 
Times Roman in free fonts. Although some users on Fedora mailing lists 
suggest that this innovation makes Fedora unsuitable for servers and 
mission-critical operations, an increased attention to testing is 
starting to make that generality obsolete. After a slow couple of years, 
Fedora is also well on the way to realizing its goal of creating a 
thriving community in which Red Hat is important, but no longer 
completely dominates decision-making."


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