Wouter Verhelst wrote: > Debian is the 'Universal' operating system "Universal operating system" is a phrase that was added to our website most likely by Bruce Perens in April 1997. (He posted about it to -private then; there was no discussion.) Not very coincidentally, Debian made 3 press releases around that time, about the space shuttle flights. So beyond a certian resonance, this PR phrase has about as much modern significance as "Vice President of Engineering", which is another phrase Bruce inflicted in Debian around the same time. If you're looking for a general-purpose statement of what Debian is that is vague enough to use to support any argument, "universal operating system" should be considered deprecated; instead look to the social contract. -- see shy jo  FWIW, the first use of "universal operating system" to back up a random POV seems to have been used in an argument about keeping the purity test out of Debian. That argument failed.
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