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Re: What do SMEs and consultants want from the debian project?


On 02/17/2012 11:26 PM, Michael Meskes wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 09:18:41PM +0100, Toni Müller wrote:
>> Here in Germany, I am aware of four medium-sized companies offering
>> Debian support, including yours, and one big company (SerNet), who
>> should be doing it (but I'm not sure).
> I think you're mixing something up or we have different opinions about how big
> is "big".

I'm not sure that we are talking about the same things, either. I
consider an IT company with some 50-100 head-count as "small to
medium-sized", and more than 1000 people as "big" (this is not exactly
the same than the varying definitions floated by the chambers of commerce).

This stems from my impression/observation of what users want: A user
(company) that has a certain reach - say, dependencies in five or more
countries - typically seems to want a big player to turn to for support.
SAP users also seem to want a big player to turn to, and then, Debian is
not certified for SAP, anyway (afaik).

>> and often disclaimed entirely (eg. last I spoke to someone from IBM or
>> Deutsche Telekom). And then, there is still the question of
> Do you want to say these two offer support for Debian?

No, I want to say: Last I talked to people working for these companies,
they didn't say they support Debian, or that they don't support Debian.
But otoh, these companies are big enough to frequently talk to the wrong
person, so it doesn't have to mean that much.

>> Please prove me wrong.
> In which regard?

I thought that you could name a few big companies which prominently
state that they provide support for Debian.

Thank you!

Kind regards,

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