Revisiting Should we have tags for separate Linux distributions? one year later.
We currently have 69 questions tagged ubuntu, 37 of which don't have the tag linux. And yet I struggle to find one where Ubuntu is fundamental to the question. Pretty much all of them are asking for software to run on Linux, not software that's related to Ubuntu. Software may sometimes be more convenient to install on one Linux distribution or another, but software that runs on Linux runs on any Linux distribution (some versions of some distributions may be too old, but it's the fault of the vintage, not of the distribution), so tagging with a distribution to say “it must run on this distribution” is wrong.
The ubuntu tag is fragmenting linux but it isn't used to mean something different. It's hurting us, and I don't see where it's helping.
I propose to merge ubuntu into linux and then remove it. Any motivated opposition?
P.S. windows seems to have a lot of unwarranted fragmentation too but I'll let Windows experts discuss that.
linuxtag – but could live with an additional
ubuntutag when used properly.
unitywouldn't match Systemback (
debianwould). I wouldn't introduce another tag we might not need. I'm afraid if we'd killed
ubuntu, it would be back soon anyway (unless blacklisted). But as said, I'm rather neutral on this (unless convinced otherwise ;).