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What is the point of multiple distros?

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This I never understood. Theoretically assuming competence any piece of *nix software you can get the source for you can compile on any distro. What is the point of multiple distros other than different packages of pre loaded software? I understand debian is one of the lightest resource users so why isn't it the goto distro over others. I just don't see the point unless i'm missing something completely?

If anything it seems to only over complicate things and in my mind may be one of the reasons if not the biggest reason people are generally afraid of it. They simply can't pick one, and there are so many...
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 10/19/12 at 9:48pm
 
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Different packaging philosophies
ex. Ubuntu vs Fedora

Enterprise support or downstream from enterprise
CentOS vs RHEL

Different release system (versions vs rolling release)
Fedora vs Arch Linux

Cutting edge vs stable (not to say that cutting edge isn't stable)
Fedora vs Slackware
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Pretty much what was said above. Different people had different ideas on how things should be done, so they all started making a distro that could be done their way.

As to the being scared part, there is no reason, new users are generally always pointed towards Ubuntu or Mint, and for good reason. They are the easiest to transition into and to manage in being that the CLI has been almost completely deprecated from new user usage.
Edited by Shrak - 10/20/12 at 8:46am
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