A Global Survey of Linux Distributions
Subject:   Commercial vs not?
Date:   2004-03-01 11:25:00
From:   chromatic
Response to: Commercial vs not?

That's a very good point. There's no single line between a community distribution and a commercial distribution. Even the commercial distributions built around Debian (which is a community distribution if anything is) rely on the community contributions.

Perhaps it would be better to ask where most of the packaging effort comes from. In Mandrake, it seems like the employees maintain the packages. In Debian and Gentoo, it seems like mostly volunteers.

That's still not a perfect criterion, but it's the best I have at the moment!