The early days of Debian (was Re: ideas underlying policy)
On Tue, May 05, 1998 at 12:10:54AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Actually, when Debian was formed it had only one developer,
> and no one could contribute packages, since that would have diluted
> the distributions tight integration. This bazaar thing has evolved.
I remember Debian 0.04. Basically, it was what we'd nowadays term "base +
bootfloppies" - an minimalistic base system on which to build the
distribution. Even then, mailing lists were central to development, and
development was a group effort.
On Tue, May 05, 1998 at 08:41:03AM -0400, Raul Miller wrote:
> My memory doesn't extend back that far, nor have I found any documentation
> on that period.
I don't think there is much documentation of that period; the Debian mailing
list was actually a "Debian channel" on the Linux Activists server run by
arl. It wasn't officially archived.
> I presume you're talking about Ian Murdock's original plans, in some
> sense. Can you elaborate a bit on what those original plans were, and why
> they changed to the present (GNU style) form?
The original plans are laid down in the Debian Manifesto (doc-debian:
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