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notgary

I've just had a thought, what is it that constitutes a 'Linux distro' nowadays?

Android and webOS both use the Linux kernel, but they're not considered 'Linux', webOS isn't even open source. Is it the accessibility of the source code, the willingness of the vendor to include the word 'Linux' in the name of the product, or does it have to be based on GNU/Linux?

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kernco

I usually think of the term "Linux distro" as meaning GNU/Linux. "Linux-based" seems to be the preferred term for just anything that uses the Linux kernel.
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AndrewL9008

The definition of that does seem to be a bit hazy in this era. Calling something a linux distro implies to me that it's a more pure form of the OS without as much customization or proprietary layers on top. And it also feels more like something that runs on a traditional PC as a desktop OS as opposed to a heavily modified version for a specific class of hardware other than PC's. While webOS and Android both use linux at the core, the user doesn't really see it or have a need to dive into it. All the apps and user-facing features are built in a layer of web code or java, respectively.
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cass

I guess it varies from person to person because I consider Android and webOS to be Linux. It's really just strong branding.
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