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Fwd: A Public Letter to the Debian Group from Corel Computer

Look what Corel Computer has to say about Debian.  This is cool!


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Message-ID: <3634DA50.6942D0F1@corelcomputer.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 15:23:44 -0500
From: "Oliver Bendzsa" <oliverb@corelcomputer.com>
Organization: http://www.netwinder.org
To: announce@netwinder.org
Subject: A Public Letter to the Debian Group from Corel Computer
Reply-To: announce@netwinder.org

A Public Letter to the Debian Group from Corel Computer
October 26, 1998

Dear Mr. Jim Pick:

I am writing you to express my congratulations and highest regards for
the Debian Group's port of Debian GNU/Linux to the NetWinder(tm) and
StrongARM(tm) microprocessor. I understand Debian GNU/Linux, the award
winning distribution of the Linux operating system, is available in a
pre-release form and will boot and run the various NetWinder Linux-based
computers. I like many, eagerly await the release of Slink, the next
Debian GNU/Linux release, and hope that the StrongARM port takes its
place alongside the many platforms supported by the Debian Group. I
salute the group of about 40 highly talented developers who have
collaborated on this Open Source project; the results have been nothing
less than spectacular. It is further affirmation that Open Source
software leads to innovative consequences.

The NetWinder DM was released at the end of June and in a few months
this tiger-team of Debian developers have ported hundreds of new
programs to this platform. I am told that within a week of the release,
a development group had been formed and porting had begun. It surely is
a testament to your ingenuity as many of the developers had not yet
received their own NetWinder. I think this is a great example of
"community development" as the group was able to collaborate on code
through the sharing of NetWinder systems via the Internet.

Flashing ahead to October, and thanks to the work of yourself and the
other team members, a new choice is now available for the NetWinder and
future StrongARM-based projects. The highly reliable and professional
groundwork put in place by your team allows others to join the effort
and move forward even faster than before. There is much that other Open
Source developers as well as developers of commercial software may be
learn from this project. I would like to personally thank all those who
have participated, most of whom, I am told, are registered on this web
site: http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/

Although I will not personally be attending the Atlanta Linux Showcase
this weekend, I extend best wishes for the successful public debut of a
NetWinder running Debian GNU/Linux.


Ron McNab, VP and General Manager
Corel Computer
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