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Re: [Fwd: Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program]

On Wed, Nov 02, 2005 at 06:31:00PM -0800, Erast Benson wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-11-03 at 01:14 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > It's unlikely that you'll be accepted as an official Debian port unless
> > you're willing to use the Debian bug tracking system. It's not
> > reasonable to expect Debian maintainers to be willing to copy bugs to a
> > completely different bug tracking system in cases where it turns out to
> > be a Solaris-specific issue.
> on another hand, is Debian community willing to be not just GNU/Linux
> centric and put some work on GNU/Solaris too? If yes, we could
> re-consider.

If development is carried out within the Debian project then yes, it's 
likely that the Debian community would work on GNU/Solaris. See the 
kFreeBSD and hurd ports, for instance.

> on another hand, Ubuntu has its own tracking system, so GNU/Solaris is
> not the first one. Even though Ubuntu is GNU/Linux system...

Ubuntu is not part of the Debian project.

> on another hand, GNU/Solaris uses different kernel and libc, which
> brings many non-Debian-related issues into play.

The different libc is more of a problem than anything else you've 
mentioned, but given Sun's claims about wanting almost all Linux code to 
build under Solaris, I don't think it's likely to be a big one.

Being part of the Debian project involves accepting certain 
responsibilities (such as a willingness to accept Debian policy, to be 
part of the release management process and to go through the new 
maintainer process if you want to be able to upload stuff directly to 
the archive), but means that you have a much larger set of developers 
working on your platform and gives you the right to advertise yourself 
as part of Debian. 

The alternative is to remain a separate Debian-based distribution, which 
means that users don't get the same assurances about quality control and 
policy as they expect from Debian itself. At the moment, your unique 
selling point is basically that you're Solaris except with more useful 
software and a better package manager.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59@srcf.ucam.org

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