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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:

Tevens ben ik van mening dat Nederland overdekt dient te worden.

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