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Debian Multimedia Distribution started

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian Multimedia Distribution started                  press@debian.org
August 1, 2001

The Debian Multimedia Distribution[1] (DeMuDi) project is an effort to
build a Linux distribution for the purpose of multimedia work.  The
Debian GNU/Linux distribution already contains the tools for building
and maintaining such a distribution and will serve as the basis for this
distribution.  Current Linux distributions either target web
applications and services or on desktop machines.  Multimedia and
specifically multimedia production capabilities have only recently been
well integrated into the Linux kernel.

Curently, people who are interested in using the power of Linux to do
multimedia and artistic work must compile programs on their own and face
issues such as incompatible interfaces, availability of hardware drivers
and several other related issues, lowering to a considerable amount
artistic productivity.

The Debian Multimedia Distribution tries to overcome these problems by
providing a customized distribution specifically for this kind of user.
The package list[2] contains prepackaged programs chosen by DeMuDi that
the user can easily install onto his system to have a fully-functional
multimedia workspace.  Many packages targeted for integration into
DeMuDi are already packaged and part of the Debian distribution.

DeMuDi is supported by the following organizations:

  . Free Software Foundation Europe[3]
  . Computer Music Institute[4], Firenze
  . Verein für experimentelle Datenverarbeitung[5], Vienna

 1. http://www.demudi.org/
 2. http://gige.xdv.org/pages/DeMuDi/pages/packages
 3. http://www.fsfeurope.org/
 4. http://www.centrotemporeale.it/
 5. http://www.xdv.org/

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