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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 <esr@thyrsus.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
>           way.
>           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
>           system.
>           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
>         daily.
>         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/>.
>         If you're interested in joining this project you are invited to
>         subscribe to either debian-user@lists.debian.org or debian-
>         devel@lists.debian.org by sending a mail to debian-user-
>         request@lists.debian.org (or debian-devel-request respectively)
>         with the word "help" in the subject line.
> "
> 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... 
> Regards
> 	Javi
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