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Re: 64-bit transition deadline (Re: Etch in the hands of the Stable Release Managers)

On Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 12:00:08AM -0700, Sean Perry wrote:
> I haven't seen much Debian in the last 6 years in the commercial  
> world. RH rules that roost. If people have chosen closed source, then  
> they likely are also paying for an enterprise edition of their free  
> OS too. Linux == Redhat was done in like 2000. Time to worry about  
> other things.

I work in a science lab and can tell you that even though we do have
commercial software (Matlab, Maple, CPlex and other scientific
computation programs, some of which are at least twenty years ahead of
any free equivalent), we do use debian and from there also use it
elsewhere (our homes, our students' workstations, etc.). Should we
become unable to do our daily job with Debian, yes, we would have to
switch distributions, which would be a pity since this is a place where
computer scientists are made.

Commercial software also owns some specific corners of the software
world, some of which not Windows-centric (or even Redhat-centric). Do
not make it more like it.

That being said, these software are more like to do the 64bit transition
(computing really requires mem; only last week were we speaking of
buying a 128 GiB computer).

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