Re: Announcing Ging
On Sun, Aug 28, 2005 at 09:54:51PM +0200, Nicolas Souchu wrote:
> 3. What does "Ging" stand for?
> It stands for "Ging Is Not Ging". It is, to my knowledge, the first recursive acronym with an implicit contradiction.
> GNU is Not Unix
"GNU is Not Unix" is not an implicit contradiction. It can be argued wether
GNU is Unix or not, but that depends on external information. :)
OTOH, my POV on this is the same as NetBSD's:
> It is a fork of GNU/kFreeBSD or a new distribution?
It's a Debian-based distribution, like Morphix. I don't think it's a fork
since Ging follows the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD codebase very closely and all
mergeable changes are pushed back (and I intend to keep it this way).
The key differences are:
- Ging aims to produce a usable, complete environment in LiveCD, whereas the
official Debian GNU/kFreeBSD LiveCD is just a means for installing Debian.
Also, Ging images can only be generated from a Debian GNU/kFreeBSD system,
whereas the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD LiveCD can be built from any Debian system.
- Ging provides only free software. While this is also true for Debian
GNU/kFreeBSD at the moment, future versions will become official in Debian,
and so provide access to non-free/contrib, and include base-config that
advertises them. Ging, OTOH, has a compromise to remain this way even
after Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is official in Debian.