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Re: Is it _really_ dead?

Brent Fulgham wrote:
> However a BSD kernel with the GNU user-space would probably be
> more palatable.

I'm finally going to pipe up here, from the (mostly) end-user perspective.

I, personally, want the GNU userland. I've used BSD, and GNU (and Sun, and
HP-UX, and Irix, and Ultrix, and ...) - and I want GNU because I find it
far easier from a user-interface perspective, and often from a base
functionality perspective.

I want to be able to use a kernel that has, in my eyes, more stability and
maturity in some specific areas, and for that I'd need something derived
from BSD 4.4.

I have no idea which libc would mesh the two together more sanely. But I
think that the notion of "Debian folks working on openpackages", while
perfectly reasonable, would not be a Debian port (in the sense of "Debian
GNU/BSD"), and thus, this probbly isn't the right place to do it.

I could, of course, be misunderstanding the purpose of the Debian ports
lists. And I certainly have no objection to BSDs getting a reasonable
package format natively. :)

As an aside, there is exactly one reason that I use Debian GNU/Linux, at
the moment. That reason is called "dpkg". I frequently have to maintain
a reasonably large number of computers for other people on minimal/spare
time, and the ability to do package upgrades and rollouts without needing
much, if any, human interaction - and still trust that things won't blow
up - is the single most important feature of Debian, to me. The social
contract is nice; I approve of it. But it wouldn't even be close to enough
to convert me, if some other distribution had dpkg, and Debian didn't.

Just my perspective on things.
Joel Baker                           System Administrator - lightbearer.com
lucifer@lightbearer.com              http://www.lightbearer.com/~lucifer

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