Should Hardware OEM’s Be Picking Linux Distribution Winners ?

Do we want a defacto standard to emerge from the upcoming, or to put it more accurately, the on going capitalist, competitive, GNU/Linux distribution Poker games ? Should marketing prowess, mergers, acquisitions, or having loads of cash when getting to the game table be the determining factors in what is considered software excellence ? Do we want, or should we even tolerate a defacto standard GNU/Linux distribution emerging simply because hardware OEM’s choose to back one Distribution over others for pre-installation ? A defacto standard community based (non commercial) operating system core that all of the various Distributions then built upon might be desirable and a great thing for compatibility, but we should diligently strive to get, then preserve, a choice of GNU/Linux Distributions available for pre-install

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