Re: Debian/Redhat Alliance
In a message dated 4/20/99 2:20:00 PM Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
> > As soon as I get a chance I am going to write an article recommending
> that Redhat and Debian form an alliance. Redhat becomes the distributor to
> commercial operations and 2) people who are only interested in being free
> software consumers.
And what makes you think that Redhat will want to keep Debian a separate
entity? I'd say they'd just get rid of the Debian nusiance and incorporate
what we have into Redhat's distro. It'd make no sense for them not to.
> > People interested in becoming a volunteer producer, in the free
> community, will more likely use the Debian distribution. Debian will
> the nexus of the volunteer based, development community.
And if you give Debian to Redhat, the Debian distribution will be gone - as
will it's network of volunteer developers.
> > One missing ingredient is a commercial operation that will be the
> equivalent distributor of the Debian distribution. Another missing
> ingredient is the site that will provide the Volunteer Registry, the
> Registry and the Volunteer/Projec
> t Match facility. This distributor (with Registries) will become the
> onramp for wannabe free software volunteers. There is another ingredient
> I cannot discuss it at this time.
Our distribution is fine - FTP is easily accessible, as are many of the CD
providers. Evidently, the distribution isn't up to your standards, but for
my purposes, and I'm sure for other's here, Debian via FTP is more than
As for the missing ingredient being a commercial operation, this is EXACTLY
why Debian is a better distro. Commercializing Debian will generate the same
issues Redhat is experiencing, flawed packages, growth beyond it's means,
lack of support for bugs...
> > Anyone wanting to volunteer time, should join the Debian community.
> Free software, documentation, databases, images, poetry, literature, etc.
> will be developed and tested within the Debian community. Software will
> from Debian to Redhat, for com
> mercial packaging and distribution. The distributions must become aligned
> towards this goal for it to work smoothly.
Again, all of this is pointless since Debian will no longer be owned by it's
volunteers, but by the coporation.
> > That's the picture I intend to promote.
> Please don't do this.
I'll second that. If you want to promote commercial distros of Linux, join
the Redhat team - but leave Debian out of it.