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RE: Are there too many Linux distros?

At one point in the comments section, one person quotes one of my previous comments to the original review regarding the difference between 'distros' and remasters'.

almost immediately following that, some psuedo inelligencia tries to debate the language and terminology of 'distro' and remaster' as not being a word at all and a word being misused.

To continue this deeply anal discussion of terminology, mostly because I/m bored, terms from 'common language' are frequently re-interpreted and alternately applied within niche communities to make points of reference within those communities more easily shared. Though, just as often, it begins as a joke and is stuck that way afterwords because no one challenged it or cared.

In the Linux community, terminology is affected in this same way. Words are re-purposed for a number of reasons. To communicate an image or idea or to be 'witty' ( or not witty, as the case may be).

Just because you are new to the terminology used in the community, does not invalidate the use of terminology in that community. People have been slaughtering and abusing language since it was developed.

Big Bear

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