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Re: [mingp@COREL.CA: How we can with your Setup Engine?]

Oh, Ming, one other note that you should remember, which is rather
important to our workflow on the boot floppies.  Many of the
components which are pulled together for the boot floppies, such as
the kernel images, dpkg, pppconfig, and many other critical
components, are actually managed and maintained by the Debian
community at large and not the boot-floppy team per se.

So, for instance, if there is a problem with the kernel configuration
for the stock kernel image, we reassign bugs to the kernel-image
maintainer, Herbert Xu.  Etc etc.  Of course, we can do NMUs
(non-maintainer updates) to fix critical problems, but I'm just trying
to highlight the fact that the boot-floppies pulls together a lot of
work from a lot of people and tries to make it all work together.

Another big important point is that we support so many architectures.
As such, we try to be careful to avoid x86-centricity.  For instance,
I've been working hard these last few months to expand the
boot-floppies documentation (i.e., the Installation Manual) so that it
covers m68, sparc, and alpha.  It's likely our next release will
additionally support powerpc, and hopefully also sparc64 and hurd-i386
(not even Linux!).

One final point in other news is that there is someone working on
adapting RedHat's XConfigurator to Debian.  This goes to show you that
we're not afraid to borrow other good technology (if it's free) and
use it to improve Debian.  In fact, that kind of sharing is what
Debian is supposed to be all about.

In closing, we welcome your efforts, and we welcome your critique and
improvements.  We recognize that Debian in particular has a rather
high curve to it compared to some other distributions and compared to
Win32 in particular.  Hopefully, together we can shorten that gap and
lower that curve.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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