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More collaboration among Debian-based distributions: the Derivatives Front Desk

The Debian Project                                 http://www.debian.org/
Debian introduces Derivatives Front Desk                 press@debian.org
June 29th, 2010                  http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100629

More collaboration among Debian-based distributions: the Derivatives Front Desk

The Debian Project has been promoting software freedom and delivering
Free Software to users via its releases since 1993, when it was one of
the first GNU/Linux distributions ever.  It has spawned several
distributions [1] which are nowadays based on the work done in Debian,
as allowed and encouraged by Free Software customs.  Such distributions
are colloquially referred to as "derivatives"; according to
DistroWatch, Debian currently enjoys more than 120 derivatives,
including some of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions currently

  1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamurdock/3950212995/sizes/l/
  2: http://distrowatch.com/

The Debian Project encourages other distributions to base themselves on
the volunteer work of Debian Developers and believes that it is through
inter-distribution collaborative activities such as bug forwarding,
joint maintenance teams, patch forwarding, etc. that Free Software is
best served.

To that end, the Debian Project is happy to announce the opening of its
Derivatives Front Desk, a forum where contributors to Debian-based
distributions can meet and discuss the best ways to push their changes
back to Debian or otherwise ask for help on how to interact with Debian

  3: http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk

Developers of Debian-based distributions are hereby invited to join the
debian-derivatives@lists.debian.org [4] mailing list as the main
discussion forum for derivatives. Additionally, the Debian Project
encourages contributors of Debian-based distributions to mail inquiries
about how to contribute back their changes to derivatives@debian.org.

  4: http://lists.debian.org/debian-derivatives/

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly
free, community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects.  Over three
thousand volunteers from all over the world work together to create and
maintain Debian software. Translated into over 30 languages, and
supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the
"universal operating system".

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
www.debian.org or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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