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Well we're talking about this crowd right? How many of this crowd (that would even be asking about linux) plays games? If it weren't for PC tweakers, I doubt linux for the desktop would even exist. Seeing as how no one could be bothered to mess with it.
I disagree. This is a completely different crowd than the one that actually moves Linux. The creators of linux weren't PC tweakers, rather they were coders. What you would call PC enthusiasts aren't really all that knowledgeable in the terms of how the OS works and the behind the scenes of the desktop. Tweaking windows and modifying linux are two completely different worlds. It takes a lot more knowledge and ability to mess with linux than it does with windows, most of it being based off programming. Not to say win enthusiasts are dumb, they aren't, but it's not the same world. FOSS has a completely different aspect than just running a system that's all about performance, it's actually not even close.
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You don't have to really learn much to just use a linux distro, I use Lubuntu on my p4 work laptop and I know verrry little about the command line. Learning the command line and such would be useful if you wanted to go into anything to do with networking.
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Many Linux distros are extremely easy to use and are easy to use for even the most novice PC user. I installed Lubuntu on a Pentium 3 800mhz with 512mb of ram and spent about 10 minutes showing a lady how to use it. It is extremely useful for low end systems and doesn't get bogged down with junk like windows does when people who don't know any better fill up their system with junk. She has never reported any problems to me....ever...perfect for word processing, internet and im chat. It makes alot more sense to use Ubuntu or Lubuntu over windows for a casual user really, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

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Well we're talking about this crowd right? How many of this crowd (that would even be asking about linux) plays games? If it weren't for PC tweakers, I doubt linux for the desktop would even exist. Seeing as how no one could be bothered to mess with it.
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The *buntus are easy distros to learn and they have made it GUI friendly. Harder distros focus on CLI much more.
    
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See I've always thought that having so many distros really hurts linux. I think it would be a lot easier to rally people if it had 1 single distro, that 'everything linux' worked for. Focus all the attention and energy on that distro. I'd say make it Ubuntu since its likely the most well known already.
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The issue with Ubuntu is it loads too much bloat into systems. I never realized it until I switched to Arch. Not everyone wants that. If you start removing bloat, it won't work for everyone.
    
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the world so suck if there was only just chocolate ice cream, one size fits all jogging pants and green mm's.
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The issue with Ubuntu is it loads too much bloat into systems. I never realized it until I switched to Arch. Not everyone wants that. If you start removing bloat, it won't work for everyone.
So you just have a few check boxes that disable the bloat, or add the bloat if you want it.

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the world so suck if there was only just chocolate ice cream, one size fits all jogging pants and green mm's.
Now this is just fanboy talk. The world doesn't seem to "suck" for all the windows users that don't have 50K versions of windows out there that have things proprietary to that one "distro". For nowadays, you Vista, 7, and XP. I know you'll argue that you can use the older stuff if you want to, but you'd have to be pretty dumb or really poor. Sorry but that's the truth. You won't find windows 98 being able to do the stuff that vista can, that people need to be able to do nowadays. And even XP lost its 'mainstream' support in 2009. Only extended support remains, which according to microsoft you have to pay for. So even XP is going to become more and more phased out with each passing day.

I'm saying they could attract more people to linux if they just settled on one distro, and actually supported it for a reasonable amount of time. Course you really can't stop people from making distros of their own, but all the major ones could sort of band together and bring all the best aspects of each to one OS.
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You really have no clue what you're talking about. There isn't proprietary stuff to one distro, they just have different package managers and repositories. For the most part, distros are the same. It's the methods you use that are different.

Really, do some homework before you make claims like these.
    
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The argument fails because there is no such thing as an absolute best. It's all subjective - what's best for one may be the worst for another.

It would help Linux grow as a desktop OS to merge all distros into one but much of the Linux community including myself doesn't care to make Linux popular on the desktop.
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