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Warren Woodford And The Linux Distro Market

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Warren Woodford is the man behind MEPIS, one of the first ever GNU/Linux distributions that tried to be more friendly to the user. In this quick interview he talks about the distribution market, the different strategies that are followed and his opinion on what all distributions should do in order for the Linux desktop to grow and prosper.

When you decided to begin the development of MEPIS in 2003, the aim was to create a truly user friendly distribution. Now that there are many really user friendly distributions and many more user friendly than MEPIS, what is the role that your project plays in the distro-world?

I was not aware that there are many distros that are more user friendly than MEPIS. That’s good news.

I maintain MEPIS for my own use, and the use of the MEPIS Community. Together we try to have a desktop distro that we think is easy to use, and a place where you can get friendly help when you seek it.

I, for one, am not trying to play any specific role in the world of Linux distros. MEPIS just is what it is, and if you like it that’s great, and if you like a different distro better, that’s great too.

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