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The Great Linux World Map

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the continental-drift dept.

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N1ckR writes "Mrk has posted a fun Linux world map including 'The Suse Lake,' 'Noob Desert' and the 'Forbidden Land of Gentoo.' He said, 'The Great Linux World Map is a fun endeavor trying to portray the world of the Linux desktop as a sort of a Typus Orbis Terrarum. The map is no way representative in terms of actual market share usage or popularity. It's just a wild envisioning of how I see things, more or less.'"

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Don’t get it (4, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118716)

All they did is give geographic-ish names to the various distros and randomly place them on a world map. Very little about the placement, and really not much about the names, is specific to the distros, and there are no distro specific features added and as is said in the summary this isn’t showing popularity or any other statistic. Ok, so Fedora is touching Red Hat,. the noobs are in ubuntu.. haha?

Am I just being thick and missing the point/humour here, or is this really just a dud?

Re:Don’t get it (3, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118774)

I think it's a dud to generate traffic. By the summary itself, it's not based on anything but wild imagination.

Someone is trying to be xkcd.

Re:Don’t get it (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36118992)

Someone is trying to be xkcd.

Exactly. But Randall at least uses data to backup his maps (to decide their relative size and position). These just seem randomly placed.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119020)

If you have been following Dedoimedo, you would know it doesn't need to generate traffic. ;) He is a damn good writer about games, security, Linux and other OSes.

More likely it's a new Linux user who found "the forbidden lands of Gentoo" funny.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119466)

Too bad the called Ubuntu a communist state. That plays right into the hands of Microsoft and proponents of closed source programs

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120614)

Besides which, no country in the world calls itself the communist state of whatever. It's usually The People's Republic of $name. As in, The People's Republic of Debian.

hmmm.... That does fit.

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120182)

Well, at least it accurately shows the proportion of use of GNU/HURD...

Re:Don’t get it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120596)

xkcd sucks.

Re:Don’t get it (2)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118776)

Nope, it's verifiably stupid. Nothing to see here folks, move along

Re:Don’t get it (1)

bananaquackmoo (1204116) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118786)

I found it amusing, so you must be missing the humour

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36118790)

All they did is give geographic-ish names to the various distros and randomly place them on a world map. Very little about the placement, and really not much about the names, is specific to the distros, and there are no distro specific features added and as is said in the summary this isn’t showing popularity or any other statistic. Ok, so Fedora is touching Red Hat,. the noobs are in ubuntu.. haha?

Am I just being thick and missing the point/humour here, or is this really just a dud?

yeah, weird placement and stuff that's straight wrong...if they connect fedora & red hat, they should link debian & ubuntu by land.

Where's the SuSE breakoffs?

Re:Don’t get it (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120112)

And I'm pretty sure Slack should be up at the top by Arch and Gentoo rather than off the coast of Ubuntu... unless Pat's been doing some crazy stuff lately that I've been missing.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

shadowknot (853491) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120346)

I thought the same. There should be some rocky sea features between the Ubuntu/Fedora hemisphere's and the Gentoo, Slack, Arch etc area. Also the Slack island should be a fair amount smaller (and I say that as a _long_ time Slack user).

Possible source data??? (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118808)

Maybe this [levenez.com] or a Linux-specific version of the same thing for mappable data.

Re:Possible source data??? (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118896)

I'd love to see that in an animated form .. like maybe have the points represented as bubbles... and split/merge back together as appropriate.

Maybe add some animations in there based on the nature of the split/merge

Re:Possible source data??? (2)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119114)

Not exactly what you are looking for, but shows a neat timeline: Linux distros timeline [cyberciti.biz] .

Re:Possible source data??? (1)

praxis (19962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121740)

No Gentoo!?

Re:Don’t get it (1)

SethBaker77 (1700128) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118836)

I would have imagined Debian to have more acreage. Centosia is clever but I too miss the point.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119100)

Debian is one of the most secure and stable Linux distributions. I haven't used Debian in years, so I don't know if their software is still a bit out-of-date (instead of being bleeding edge, they have been notorious on holding back app versions for the sake of stability). I suspect Debian has a decent install base on servers, but probably not too much on desktop machines ... at least not compared to the likes of Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE. These days CentOS seems to be the front-of-the-pack server distribution. I'm not talking about which distributions are better, just their popularity. I feel bad for Debian, because Ubuntu outsources all their heavy lifting to Debian and Debian doesn't get the recognition it deserves. It is funny, though, that Ubuntu is one of the most bleeding-edge and unstable Linux distributions and it is built on top of Debian which is rock solid stable, but behind-the-times.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119246)

I suspect Debian has a decent install base on servers, but probably not too much on desktop machines

I hate Debian on a desktop, but yeah, on a server it's golden! A debian install without graphics is pretty damn solid. All that spaghetti of scripts and symlinks works great if you don't play with it...

Ubuntu is one of the most bleeding-edge and unstable Linux distributions

I think I'd give than honour to gentoo (which is what I use on my desktop).

Re:Don’t get it (1)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119904)

I'd give it to Arch, much more bleeding edge than Gentoo, at least if you compare stable to stable. I'm sure someone else is going to come here with a distro that updates even faster than Arch though... and some might consider Fedora with it's ton of backports.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119842)

I installed Debian in a virtual machine recently to try it out. The current release looks a lot like Ubuntu (before the Unity interface). In fact, without looking closely you could just assume it was Ubuntu.

Re:Don’t get it (0)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121850)

>> Ubuntu is one of the most bleeding-edge and unstable Linux distributions

I know it's fashionable to bash Ubuntu on /. no matter what, but this conclusion boggles the mind. I don't care if you are pulling that out of your ass, but at least make sure it looks like a turd.

After burning my fingers with Gentoo five years back (while I was a complete noob), I opted for OpenSuse which literally fried my laptop. After which I have been a happy Ubuntu user - and using it for my primary desktop (and also serving music and all my photos, hosting my backup drive for other computers etc) for 4 years and counting. And it has been rock-solid. All the upgrades worked fine too without any problem. It's the most stable distro I have personally used. And no - it's not bleeding-edge as you make it out to be. Go for LTS and you are fine.

I still tinker around with other distros, but Ubuntu will remain my main desktop which I intend to use on daily basis for all the regular tasks.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36122512)

You have to understand my frame of reference. For the past decade I have mostly used FreeBSD and CentOS. I also dabbled with Slackware and Debian. The new crop of desktop-friendly Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE are unstable as heck compared to traditional Linux distributions. I currently use Ubuntu at home on my desktop, and I haven't too many complaints, but it does have more issues than any Linux distro that I have ever used. I understand that is the down side, and the up side is a lot of the basic tasks in Ubuntu is braindead easy and drivers are cake. Ubuntu may have its issues, but at least I don't have to spend hours manually tweaking X config files and researching carefully the values I need to not fry my monitor. Linux has come a long way, but compared to headless server-oriented distros Ubuntu is unstable. They experiment with trying to make the user experience more streamlined and easy, but under the hood things don't always go to plan. My biggest complaint is that under-the-hood Ubuntu does some things in a very weird way compared to more traditional distros which causes additional headaches and work when doing more advanced tasks and maintenance. Overall, though, I don't bash Ubuntu and I appreciate the big steps distros like Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE have made towards making Linux feel more natural on the desktop.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36122926)

The problem with the idea that Debian is "stable" is that this assumes you're using some old hardware with no graphics. That doesn't work for desktops. Just try installing some old version of Linux, with an old kernel, on a brand-new laptop and see how well it works. It probably won't support a lot of the hardware, and then it won't support it that well. For new hardware, you need a pretty new kernel with the latest device drivers and bugfixes for those drivers.

This isn't much of a problem on most servers because they don't really have a lot of hardware; just the CPU, some ancient 2D video chip, SATA/SAS controllers, etc. You don't have all the weird USB devices, Wi-Fi radios, webcams, 3D graphics chips, etc. that your typical new computer has.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

tboulan (266562) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118994)

I think you summed it very well. The map is pretty, but devoid of content.

Re:Don’t get it (4, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119322)

Yeah, it's not that funny. They didn't even map an ARCHipelago.

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36122972)

Second...They also missed X (marks the spot) and the GNU world. Also, why isn't Redhat communist?

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119484)

agreed. I can't see the pointe here...

Re:Don’t get it (1)

RabidBear (694413) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119746)

There's bandwidth I'll never get back...

Re:Don’t get it (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119828)

Nah it's really just a dud, and worse yet a dud that directly copies XKCD's style without any of his insight or creativity. Dedoimedo is pretty much ready for Hollywood - he's got their modus operandi down cold.

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120386)

Well.... Someone is trying to be something by using own personal opinion how wonderfull, important and centric the Canonical and Ubuntu are.

It is just sad that that map reminds me from maps from 1300 century where the own country is biggest and best and all surroundings are just small and pathetic.

And it is not even funny how Debian is placed behind Ubuntu as it would be small and nothing.

And WTF does GNU do there? GNU has nothing to do with Linux OS as they have own HURD OS! If GNU is there because HURD, then where are all BSD's and NT and XNU?

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36122956)

GNU isn't a continent on there, in case you didn't notice. The continents (and islands) represent Linux distros. Other features are named for various things, but not Linux distros. GNU has an ocean, since it was rather instrumental in making Linux popular by providing a lot of the userland tools and libraries needed. There's also some other things, like "RPM straights", a reference to the RPM package manager used by Red Hat and Fedora.

If they put HURD on there, it'd have to be some kind of mythical sunken land like Atlantis, where no one knows where it is, and most people don't even believe it ever existed, and it certainly doesn't exist now.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

dominious (1077089) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121182)

there isn't anything to get. It is a fun map. I found it fun..

Re:Don’t get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36121470)

"there isn't anything to get"

Exactly.

Re:Don’t get it (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#36122882)

This map is a good idea for some Linux humor, but it really falls short.

For one, it's missing some important distros, namely SUSE, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Sabayon, and a few others. Secondly, it doesn't do a very good job of relating them to each other based on popularity, derivation/relation, etc.

The author does say he's accepting suggestions for version 2.0. Here's my suggestions:
1) Separate the "world" into two very large continents. One continent is the Debian continent, the other is the Red Hat continent. There should also be some much smaller continents/islands, for Gentoo and Slackware and other independents like that.
2) On the Debian continent, one small corner is Debian, separated by mountains from the rest which is Ubuntu. Ubuntu's part is further separated into a few breakaway republics like Mint. PCLinuxOS should probably be a breakaway republic between Ubuntu and Debian (I believe I read recently that they used to be based on Ubuntu, but went back to Debian some time ago). Mint should also be positioned so that it can do this, as Mint has already released a Debian-based version, and might eventually dump Ubuntu.
3) On the Red Hat continent, it should look sorta like N and S America, with a small land bridge connecting the two. One part should be Red Hat, along with CentOS, and the other part should be SuSE. Mandriva should probably go in here somewhere as well, as I believe it's an RPM-based distro, so maybe make 3 sub-continents joined by a small land bridge.
4) Slackware, Gentoo, and Arch should be on the map somewhere, but I'm not sure how, so I'll let someone more familiar with those distros comment. Maybe they can be separate islands, sorta like Greenland or Galapagos.
5) Windows should be on here as well. It should be off in the corner, with high mountains completely surrounding it, with a big warning on it. For reference, look at Tolkein's map of Middle-Earth and look at the land in the lower right-hand corner.

But I wanted the Lesser BSD World Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36118748)

Anyone better at artwork than me?

Argh teh Comic Sans ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36118806)

.... mine eyes ...

Kingdom of Slackware Cold War (2)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118888)

Due to extremely different ideals, I suspect the Kingdom of Slackware and the Great Communist Empire of Ubuntu are engaged in a cold war with their respective fingers on the red buttons.

Re:Kingdom of Slackware Cold War (1)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 3 years ago | (#36122572)

For the first time in years, I'm proud to call myself a royalist!

Funny, but a flamebait (2)

spaceplanesfan (2120596) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118892)

It once again associates Linux with communism.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (1)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119006)

I didn't take it as that. I think the tongue-in-cheek "The Greek Communist Empire of Ubuntu" is due to its sheer size (and the USSR was massive geographically-speaking). Ubuntu has a massive install base, especially on desktop machines.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (1)

cide (7039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119164)

Perhaps its the artist's comment that Ubuntu, like the USSR, is doomed to failure?

Soviet propaganda from the 1960s and 1970s actually had artistic merit, yet the state still imploded under its own weight. Seems just like Unity. Hmm.

Maybe I'm reading too much into this and the artist was just randomly throwing political titles in front of proper distro names, concentrating only on getting the spelling right.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (2)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119200)

You may be right. I like the "Rogue State of Mint", because Linux Mint has come out and said that they have no plans on using Unity and will be diverging a bit from the path that Ubuntu is currently taking. The Gnome 2.0 hills dividing them is a nice touch.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (2)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119276)

Tell you the truth, I think it kind of is...

The idea being that everyone gives a little by submitting patches and software they write for their own purposes such that everyone benifits, and everyone gets a full blown OS with a huge collection of software.

Don't see why the association is a bad thing. It may not work as a government, but seems to work ok as a software model.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36123536)

The association is bad because they're not the same thing. When government reassigns scarce physical resources, someone else must lose each and every time someone else wins. With software there's no scarcity, so there's no losing required. That's also why referring to copyright as "property" instead of as an entitlement is such a scam.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#36124994)

Then government reassigns scarce physical resources, someone else must lose each and every time someone else wins.

There's no scarcity in communism by definition (Marx and his followers described communism as "from everyone according to their abilities, to everyone according to their needs". It was supposed to be the society that socialism would transform into after scarcity is defeated by rapid technological progress. In that sense, the analogy is very apt - there's no scarcity in FOSS, and with copyleft, the above description of communism is implemented practically to the word.

While Westerners have historically referred to Soviet Russia, China etc as "communist", the countries themselves have always maintained that they are "socialist". To remind, USSR stands for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Communism was always something on the horizon, with a floating date - they were saying they'd have it by 1940 in 1920, and by 1980 in 1960.

Re:Funny, but a flamebait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119364)

You must be from the Noob Desert. Linux != Ubuntu.

Great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36118930)

A linux world map in Comic SANS.

!XKCD (5, Funny)

numb7rs (1689018) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118942)

It's like XKCD, but without the funny.

Re:!XKCD (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119034)

So, just like xkcd then.

Re:!XKCD (3, Informative)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119074)

XKCD isn't funny, either.

References to pop culture don't make you funny. Being funny makes you funny.

Re:!XKCD (5, Funny)

partyguerrilla (1597357) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119370)

There are two types of people in the world: 1. Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.

Re:!XKCD (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119864)

You're no fun.

Re:!XKCD (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120424)

And being a bitter, begrudging old curmudgeon makes nothing funny at all!

Re:!XKCD (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120834)

Actually, that's not entirely true. I find bitter, begrudging old curmudgeons uproariously funny. Coming across a particularly dried up old prune and mocking him mercilessly can turn my whole day around.

Re:!XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36122002)

You should probably be careful about that. As one of those old curmudgeons, but about 3x the average human in size and meanness, no snot nose kids have ever crossed me twice. Think BOFH without a sense of humor.

Re:!XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120542)

XKCD definitely doesn't rely that heavily on pop culture references. Maybe they'll have a couple, but it's definitely a minority. I just went to the website, and had to hit the "previous" button 7 times before I saw something I'd consider a pop culture reference.

Re:!XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120780)

yeah, you know what's funny? TSA agents patting down an 8 months old [slashdot.org] - now that's some hilarious shit.

Re:!XKCD (1)

Nixoloco (675549) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120802)

XKCD isn't funny, either.

References to pop culture don't make you funny. Being funny makes you funny.

Humor is highly subjective.

Re:!XKCD (2)

M8e (1008767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121168)

Humor is highly subjective.

It's so high that it might even be jective.

Re:!XKCD (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121184)

XKCD isn't funny, either.

citation needed.

And counterpoint: yes, it is. Citation: I laughed at it many times. QED, XKCD is funny.

References to pop culture don't make you funny.

To get semi serious for a minute: Have you read more than one strip? Because I can't think of any off the top of my head that simply boil down to references to POP culture. There were a few that boiled down to mere references to Enders Game, but not pop culture.

Being funny makes you funny.

I can't argue with circular logic, I guess you're right. By extension, XKCD is not funny because it's not funny.

Re:!XKCD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36122438)

There are a handful of Xkcd scripts that are kind of funny, or kind of cool. But most of them are just awful. Especially annoying in xkcd is how it portrays women. Randall is a massive white knight.

Re:!XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36122570)

I think you're confusing XKCD with Penny Arcade. XKCD is overall pretty creative and funny and doesn't usually make pop culture references.

here we have the extremes of nerddom (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118946)

the top level subject, wild geeky thinking, meant to inspire just a smile

and the dismissive comments, taking deeply seriously the silliest of things

shut up and laugh, and get the stick out of your ass

Re:here we have the extremes of nerddom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119102)

I would laugh, if it weren't so sad; using an old, tired concept but with the added bonus of no real insight...

For something like this you need to be damn clever or GTFO

Re:here we have the extremes of nerddom (-1, Flamebait)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119314)

no one cares about your exacting standards on throwaway whimsical things

you also fail to see that taking this so seriously is the problem. your problem

the enemy of your enjoyment of silly things is you

Re:here we have the extremes of nerddom (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119366)

Knock knock!
Who's there?
Apple!
Apple who?
Apple tree!

HAHAHAHAHA!!! ...What do you mean my joke isn't funny, and you're annoyed that I wasted your time on it?!

Just shut up and laugh, and get that stick out of your ass!

Re:here we have the extremes of nerddom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119800)

Knock knock!
Who's there?
Appl
Apple who?
[Applauds] you suck.

Show and tell (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118962)

Thank goodness. Now I can show my kids where I had wandered through the n00b desert learning how to decipher the sacred man pages. ;)

Re:Show and tell (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119004)

I am wondering where the Patent Troll Pirates are and the Corporate Shame of Closed Source.

Re:Show and tell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119286)

Probably somewhere near the Stallmanist Copyleft Reeducation Camps.

Me.... (1)

jmd_akbar (1777312) | more than 3 years ago | (#36118972)

I come from Mandrivaland in peace....

xkcd knockoff? (3, Insightful)

compulord155 (1369523) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119028)

Anyone else notice that it looks strikingly like xkcd maps [xkcd.com] from the past [xkcd.com] ? Of course with much less wit, organization and forethought.

Re:xkcd knockoff? (1)

Xupa (1313669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120580)

Exactly. Way to rip off a great idea without bothering with any of that bothersome methodology.

Channeling Lloyd Bentsen... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119166)

I've read xkcd, I know the xkcd maps. You, sir, are no xkcd.

Where is ... (0)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119208)

... the sea monster? How can you have a world map without a sea monster?

Better yet, a C++ monster.

Re:Where is ... (2)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119554)

Better yet, a C++ monster.

Isn't that redundant?

Re:Where is ... (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121270)

No, it's two monsters.

Re:Where is ... (2)

msclrhd (1211086) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120612)

Don't you mean a C monster :)
And the blue area could have the label "The C".

You make Randall Munroe cry (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119232)

Comic Sans ? No relation to real data (at least from Distrowatch !) ?

Seriously !?

Not Funny, Not Clever, Not Accurate, Not Original (2)

Wannabe Code Monkey (638617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119422)

So it's a rip off of many of Randal's maps. Except his are usually clever and funny and in many ways actually representative of what he's mapping. There's just no reason for this map to exist. I'm not saying someone couldn't make a good Linux distro map, this is just not that.

From one comment to this story: "shut up and laugh, and get the stick out of your ass". I would love too laugh... except it's not funny. Why must I be uptight with a stick up my ass just because I don't find this submission to be funny? And why is Ubuntu labeled as "Communist"? I get the whole GPL==communist thing, but other than Red Hat, Ubuntu is about as commercial as it gets. It would make way more sense if a geological feature relating to the GPL, GNU, or even Debian had the "Communist" moniker. Also, I see there's a "Mount chroot"... Why is chroot a mountain? It would have been funny if chroot were a small enclave with fewer and smaller features than its surrounding nation. If anything, sudo should have been a mountain, instead of a cape.

Nyuk nyuk nyuk.. woo woo woo! (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119474)

Thank you! Now I have a modern day version of this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-zs7jKcGDg#t=3m4s

Would've like to see historic distributions here. (1)

cswiii (11061) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119526)

I think there's plenty to be critical about this map, but I'm not going to take it seriously enough to blast it.

However, it woulda been neat to see some representations of linux distributions/efforts that have disappeared along the way -- maybe as piles of rubble or something. Midori Linux, anyone? Perhaps a dot in Linus Bay...

In Soviet Ubuntu... (2)

Bytesahoy (1951076) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119578)

sudo apt-get install YOU!

ARGGHH (0)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119614)

So much potential here, and they ruined it by using COMIC SANS.

Also missing.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36119774)

the Lightweight Micronation of Lubuntia.

Greetings from The Forbidden Land of Gentoo! (1)

Katyrnyn (90568) | more than 3 years ago | (#36119852)

Greetings from a user living in "The Forbidden Land of Gentoo!"

While there are times when prebuilt packages (such as this map) are beneficial, I suspect this is not one of them. We, the Gentoo userbase, encourage you to compile your own maps! Only then will they be most accurate and most efficient for your local implementation!

Happy Emerge-ing!

Katyrnyn / Cydonian Monk

(Resident of "The Highly Efficient (yet occasionally broken) Free State of Gentoo" since 2002.)

gNewSense (1)

calagan800xl (1001055) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120158)

gNewSense is missing in the Stallman Sea. It's unfortunate, considering that gNewSense is the only distro RMS recommends.

Re:gNewSense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36121334)

Not missing; just too small and insignificant to see.

I was hoping to see the Ancient Ruins of Yggdrasil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36120362)

Somewhere on the map shouldn't there be the ancient ruined city of Yggdrasil? Probably buried to the south of the commonwealth of Redhat.

Comic Sans! (0)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120376)

They guy used Comic Sans. Need I say more?

Tough crowd (0)

witch-doktor (1592325) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120628)

I think that all those who critiqued this map, if they are worth anything, should at least show us what they could do instead.

Re:Tough crowd (1)

Orffen (1994222) | more than 3 years ago | (#36124518)

Why, exactly? This comment is seen on the internet constantly, yet the logic behind it still baffles me. If I see a bad movie, do I need to set up a movie studio to say the movie wasn't any good? I'd like to share my thoughts on this "Great Linux World Map". Where do I start- graphic design school, or a cartography class?

Missed a great pun (1)

zanian (1621285) | more than 3 years ago | (#36120680)

FTA: I hope you like this! If so, feel free to spread the word!

Something missing... (1)

soup (6299) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121080)

Sadly, he didn't mark out the huge Caldera on the ocean floor...

Puppy Linux island? (1)

D4rkn1ght (800767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36121292)

Where is the Puppy Linux island? ÊâÊ

Instant Failure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36121394)

He has a "KDE Sea" which Kubuntu doesn't even touch. DERP

Not funny, not interesting, not even informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36125554)

I think the dude doesn't know much about Linux, what the he'll is that? GPL is really that small? Maybe I haven't seen the full movie yet and the penguin is just in the pocket of some hobbit.

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