Debian's public image
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The company I work for produces visual development tools for several Unix
platforms, and is currently working on an official Linux port (the
developers have been doing some work under Linux for some time). Redhat
will be the primarily supported distro, which is not surprising. They are
also going to be testing under Suse and possibly Slackware and Caldera. I
mentioned Debian to them, and they told me that there were no plans to
officially acknowledge Debian in any way. I couldn't really get a
legitimate reason out of them when I asked why this was. I was really
surprised when they mentioned the possibility of supporting Slackware over
These guys are experienced Unix developers, and they've all been using
Linux for significant amounts of time. So it's not like they're just
moving over from Win95 and can't see anything but the shrink-wrapped
Redhat packages at the local software store.
I've used Redhat 4.2 and 5.1 and some old slackware release. I've been
using Debian for the past couple of years, and I have no doubts that it's
the technically superior distribution. But there really seems to be a
problem with the public's perception of it. I don't claim to know what
this problem is, or how to solve it, but I think it's worth some
attention. For some reason, a lot of people don't seem to view Debian as
a legitimate distribution for a production system.
Does anybody else have any thoughts on this subject?
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