Re: Debian: abandon ship?
On Wednesday 05 June 2002 09:37 am, Sean 'Shaleh' Perry wrote:
> Debian is run by a few hundred programmers who do this for fun. Not
> profit. Because we do this for fun we choose where to spend our time.
> For some people the mips architecture and the required hacking is
> fun. Others are constrained by the hardware available to them (some
> of our developers had m68k only access).
> Debian will never make it to perfect 6 month release cycles. To use
> Debian you must acclimate to apt-get and the "we release every day"
> credo. Although we call it "unstable" what we really mean is
> "changing". If you choose to not update then you have a fairly
> stable box. I wish there was more we could do, but there isn't.
> Especially now that most of us are not being paid for Debian work
> anymore. Cutting back to ia32 (x86) would help, but the cost is not
> worth it. Besides, Debian is one of the few dists out there
> supporting anything other than Sun and ia32. Removing those arches
> would leave out many of our users and potential users. The answers
> are not so cut and dried.
I certainly appreciate the multiple architecture support of Debian. I
have it installed on a powerpc, m68k, and x86 box. I initially
installed it on my m68k box, since Debian was the only distribution
that supported it. I made the switch to my other boxes because I liked
the consistency of one distribution and hated the dependency mess of
rpm. I have advocated Debian to others in my work place and will
continue to do so.
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