Are rolling release Linux distros better than fixed releases?

In today's open source roundup: Should you use a rolling release distro or a fixed release? Plus: How the philosophy of Linux affects its users, and why Windows 10 needs the Linux desktop

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The nine tenets of the Linux philosophy

Linux has always done its own thing compared to how other operating systems work. And part of that difference lies in the philosophy of Linux development. examined how the philosophy of Linux affects its users.

David Both at reports:

One of the comments I received from my previous article was that another operating system has just as much capability on the command line as Linux does. This person said that you could just add this software to get these features and that package if you want those features. That makes my point. With Linux, it is all built in. You do not have to go elsewhere to get access to the power of Linux.

Many people left comments stating that they could see how it might be nice to know the Linux philosophy as a historical curiosity, but that it had little or no meaning in the context of daily operations in a Linux environment. I beg to differ. Here is why.

There are nine major tenets to the Linux philosophy.

1. Small is Beautiful

2. Each Program Does One Thing Well

3. Prototype as Soon as Possible

4. Choose Portability Over Efficiency

5. Store Data in Flat Text Files

6. Use Software Leverage

7. Use Shell Scripts to Increase Leverage and Portability

8. Avoid Captive User Interfaces

9. Make Every Program a Filter

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Why Windows 10 won't kill the Linux desktop

There are always articles in the media touting the "death of the Linux desktop." Windows 10 has proven to be a great occasion for more of these articles to appear on various sites. Softpedia explores why Windows 10 needs the Linux desktop.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

It will take more than just a technical preview of a closed system to put the final nails in the Linux coffin, whatever that means. What will happen when Windows 10 hits the stores? Will tens of thousands of Linux devs take a closer look at Windows 10 and just give up because the OS is much better than anything they might come up with?

If anything, Linux is the system that drives Microsoft to push Windows into new territories, like the addition of multiple desktops. If you come to thinks of it, Linux is probably one of the main innovation drivers for Windows, so the nails might be coming from the opposite direction.

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I shared my own thoughts about Windows 10 and the Linux desktop on my blog:

As far as Windows 10 goes, it’s a big fat nothing-burger to me. So Microsoft is bringing back the Start button or whatever. Big deal. I don’t care what they do with Windows 10, you couldn’t pay me enough to use it as my daily desktop operating system. I dumped Windows many years ago and I’m never going back.

I’d much rather be “on the fringe” (whatever the heck that means) then be stuck living in Microsoft’s world. It doesn’t matter to me what Microsoft adds to Windows 10. I simply have no desire to use Windows on any of my computers. I suspect that most other people who have gotten rid of Windows feel exactly the same way. We all left the Windows plantation a long time ago, and we are not going to go back because of Windows 10.

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