Re: Linux distribution HOWTO
Eric is my personal friend and I host his web pages at
http://tuxedo.org/~esr/ and I am sure he would like to correct the
document. What should be changed?
On Mon, 24 Aug 1998, Javier Fdz-Sanguino Pen~a wrote:
> The Linux Distribution HOWTO (latest version in
> http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/ ) states some facts about Debian, it is quite uptodate (last
> updated August the 13th) but it is mistaken in the number of packages of Debian, as well as
> current maintainers.
> I have not e-mailed the author Eric S. Raymond <email@example.com>, myself since I felt
> more "official" members of Debian should do this.
> The exact words are (almost accurate):
> " Provider's Description:
> Debian Linux is the result of a volunteer effort to create a high-quality
> non-commercial Linux distribution. Debian Linux 2.0 is a complete and
> fully-functional Unix-compatible operating system for the personal computer. The
> system uses ELF executables and libc6 (unlikeprevious Debian versions, which used
> libc5). At present, Debian Linux is available for the IBM PC architecture
> (386/486/Pentium) with versions for Sparc, m68k and Alpha architectures well under
> Debian Linux is an easy-to-upgrade distribution that mostly consists of freely
> redistributable software from a number of different sources and systems. Support
> for shadow passwords is available, although it should be considered experimental in
> the 1.1 release. Non-free packages may also obtained, making Debian a well-rounded
> The benefits of Debian Linux are its upgradability, well-defined dependencies
> between packages, and its open development. It is the only distribution of Linux
> that is being developed co-operatively by many individuals through the Internet, in
> the same spirit as Linux and other open-source operating systems. More than 100
> package maintainers are working on about 500 packages and improving Debian Linux. A
> sophisticated bug tracking system allows users to easily report bugs and security
> Debian Linux is a very dynamic distribution. Snap-shot releases
> are made about every three months, the ftp archives are updated
> For more information about Debian Linux, please refer to the
> files at <ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/doc/> or visit our World
> Wide Web page at <http://www.debian.org/>.
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> It seems the author just modified Debian 1.3 in earlier versions to Debian 2.0.. he should be
> more careful :) Please note that the HOWTO of the package doc-linux is out of date (just
> submitted a bug >:), but feel free to check this statements with older ones... they are
> identical, save for the difference above noted...
> On the other hand it names Debian as "Debian Linux distribution", I feel it should rather be
> "Debian GNU/Linux distribution" but that is only my thoughts and I might be wrong...
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