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Re: Becoming a Debian CD Vendor

On Thu, 2002-05-16 at 10:39, bernd@ixsoft.de wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > > It is not possible - There are no official Debian CD vendors ;-)
> > Is this 100% sure? I've heard of a boxed Debian product... If there is
> > such a stuff, there is an official Debian CD vendor.
> There are dozens (if not hundreds) of shrink-wrapped Debian based
> products around the globe, but no - there is no "official" vendor
> since there is no "official" appointed manufacturer for Debian GNU Linux.
> Many companies try and claim their products to be the "official", but
> I think this is misleading customers in that they think this product
> is manufactured by Debian.ORG,

If they claim that the CDs contained are "Debian 2.2 r6 official CDs",
that's not misleading, that's simply a statement that they used the
released images as available from cdimage.debian.org, rather than
creating their own.

If they are claiming that theirs is THE official release, in some
exclusive way, then you're right, they're lying, and we should probably
ask them to reword their publicity.

It would be nice if we had the right to stop them from doing that, but I
don't think we have, given that most people use the unofficial logo
anyway, so we wouldn't be able to stop them using that.

> which is simply not true. Only the
> CDs (or part of them) are officially "mastered" by someone from
> debian.org, mostly voluntarily and in their free time ;-)

entirely voluntarily (unless you think involvement with Debian is a
symptom of some form of psychosis, which is possible I suppose ;-)

The reason we do that is to avoid vendors making broken images for
themselves, and then giving Debian a bad name by selling thousands of
copies of broken Debian.

At least this way, if they're broken, it's likely to be my fault, so we
get to fix it ;-)

Cheers, Phil.
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