Is distrohopping in Linux becoming a thing of the past?

In today's open source roundup: Distrohopping may be losing popularity among Linux users. Plus: A Linux user switches to Mac then comes back, and a journalist laments the headaches of recompiling the Linux kernel

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Kudos to the redditor who wrote this for sharing his experience. I suspect that he's not the first Linux user to explore the world of OS X and the Mac. But there's something about Linux that makes it very hard to stay in the world of Apple once you've had a taste of both.

I suppose it might be the freedom and power that Linux offers to all of it users. OS X is certainly a powerful operating system in its own right, but Apple has never been about freedom of choice. When you venture into Apple's world, you agree to do things their way and that can be quite suffocating to someone who has previously used Linux.

Recompiling the Linux kernel frustrates a journalist

A writer at Network World laments having to recompile the Linux kernel.

According to Network World:

What happens when you have to custom compile your Linux kernel to add support for some of your hardware... and then a kernel update becomes available in your chosen repository?

That's right. You have a decision to make. Update and need to re-compile your kernel again... or ignore the update and face possible security (or other) issues. And what about when there are a lot of updates available? Checking to make sure new kernel updates come through becomes a pain. Or, even worse, if you accidentally update the kernel and don't realize it, then your hardware stops working and you don't immediately know why.

More at Network World

The writer notes that Windows and OS X users don't have to face such problems. While I can sympathize with him to a certain extent, I feel compelled to point out that nothing in life is free. Windows and OS X users don't have the control over their operating system that Linux users do. But along with that control comes responsibility and sometimes that can mean dealing with certain kinds of headaches. It's the price a user pays for the freedom and power that comes with Linux.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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