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Re: Debian derivatives and the Maintainer: field (again)

On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 02:15:15PM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Jan 2006 16:03:05 -0800, Matt Zimmerman <mdz@ubuntu.com>
> wrote:
> >Do you realize that Xandros, who maintains a Debian derivative which they
> >box and sell for US$50-$129 per copy, leaves the Maintainer field
> >unmodified, and as far as I'm aware, was doing so for a period of *years*
> >before Ubuntu even existed?  This never seemed to bother anyone, and
> >personally, I don't think it's a big deal either.
> Xandros does not employ a significant number of people in important
> single-point-of-failure-positions in Debian, most notably not the
> people who are notoriously known for not doing the job they have
> volunteered for.

Apart from its questionable accuracy, this is a red herring and has nothing
to do with how derivatives should treat the Maintainer field.

> Additionally, Xandros doesn't have nearly the user base that Ubuntu
> has, and they are not nearly as loud PR-wise as Ubuntu is.

Likewise, I don't think that the popularity of a derivative is an important
consideration on this point.  What exactly do you consider "loud" PR?
Ubuntu doesn't exactly mount campaigns; what messaging there is is by word
of mouth.  Other Debian derivatives buy ad space on Google keywords like

 - mdz

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