There’s an interesting collection of 64-bit Linux distributions available called the “Linux Diversity Collection.” You can purchase it on Amazon.com for $39.95.
Linux Diversity Collection
Award-winning Linux operating systems with complete set of open source applications for desktops, laptops and servers
Includes “Introduction to Linux” video DVD and updated UNIX Academy Selected Linux Training Library of 52 PDF books for new and experienced Linux users
Productivity suite, Web browser, and email for your everyday needs plus free security updates
Includes printed Quick Reference Card of Linux and UNIX commands and Complimentary Evaluation Exam by UNIX Academy
Includes complete DVD installations for full OS including lifetime free updates!
It includes the following:
While I’m sure that it might be useful for a few folks to get this collection on DVD, I can’t see it making sense for most people. You can easily visit DistroWatch to download any of these distributions for free.
And I’m not sure how many people would really need or want to experiment with all of them anyway. Most desktop distro users would tend to gravitate toward one of the Ubuntus or Linux Mint as the most obvious choices.
Linux Mint 14 is also out already, so the version on the DVD is outdated already anyway.
I suppose that one could make an argument that the “Intro to Linux” video might be useful, but there are plenty of those sorts of books, web pages and videos available for free.
Still, I hate to be completely negative about this idea for the simple reason that I tend to appreciate any effort to promote Linux use. But I can’t help but think that this isn’t going to appeal to very many people.
What’s your take on it? Would you buy it? Tell me in the comments.