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Customized Blends

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  * Almost exactly a year ago, the term "Custom Debian Distribution" was 
    changed to [1 "Debian Pure Blends"] to better reflect what it is about:
    a variation of Debian within Debian. So far, so good. Then there are also
    "Debian Blends", which are not pure, meaning they have some parts which
    are not yet in Debian. 

  * But the intention is clear, a Debian Blend aims to be fully part of 

  * This week it occured to me that there is something else, something which 
    is widely done and which is something else, so it should have it's own 
    term: "Customized Blends", where some parts of the "distribution" is taken
    from a Debian Blend, while there are others, which are customisations,
    which are not likely or even desired/possible to end up in Debian. 

  * As I see it, LiMUX is such a distribution, or what is installed in the 
    schools in Extremadura or Rheinland-Pfalz atm. Mostly the software they 
    use is Debian (either from stable or backported version), while some parts
    are not, like bookmarks, wallpapers, custom (sometimes propietary)
    software or firmware for specific hardware.

  * My motivation in pointing this is out, is to create an awareness 
    that those "Customized Blends" are an important and frequent part of the 
    Debian Blends ecosystem _and_ that it's for their own benefit to
    contribute back. Minimising the diff to a "real" pure Blend is good :-)

  [1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2008/11/msg00001.html

 -- Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org>  Thu, 12 Nov 2009 13:25:26 +0100

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