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Are you guys time travellers from the future? Do you know things that the rest of the world don't? I doubt it.
Listen up, because I'm only going to let you in on this little 'secret' once. Linux is a kernel, it is not an OS distribution. Linux is currently at version 2.4.x for the stable kernel, and 2.5.x for the unstable kernel. The next linux (still a way off) will either be version 2.6 or 3.0, depending on how the current discussions go.
A distribution takes the kernel and wraps a whole bunch of utilities and whatnot around it. These are the things that you are talking about. These are things like Redhat, Mandrake, Suse, Debian, etc... You must be talking about Redhat 8 being out, in your own little way.
So, you don't need to make a fool of yourself anymore in front of your friends and strangers. You now know a little tiny bit about linux. Enjoy.