Re: RH and GNOME
On Tue, 21 Jul 1998, Shaleh wrote:
> Everyone using GNOME is now a RH knockoff. For the newbie, the only
> reason to use another distribution is to get KDE. So esssentially SuSE
> and Redhat are now the only two of importance.
You are forgetting some unique selling points of Debian:
- Debian is a group of volunteers;
- Debian is committed to Free Software;
Others might add that Debian has the easiest maintenance for the sysadmin,
doesn't require you to wait for the errata before you upgrade, has
close-knit integration of all its packages, has a real bug tracking
system, has the most packages of all distributions and can boast
technical excellence on many points, but those are more or less
coincidental to the Debian goals.
> This iwhat bothers me.
As long as RedHat stays committed to GPL in the software they produce,
what is the problem for Debian? IMHO the benefits of having good
free software outweighs the disadvantages of having to (de)customize it
for Debian's specific purposes.
Given RedHat's current support of the GPL, any fears for future adverse
decisions by RedHat are both ungrounded and irrelevant, because Debian can
fork off any last GPL'ed version.
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