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Re: debian extensions.

On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 01:27:02PM +0530, prasad wrote:
> I have a suggestion. Debian should come up with some way that allows 
> people to sort of extend the distro like a mozilla extension.Ok, I know 
> the comparison is shaky, these 2 things are quite different, but I guess 
> u got the idea.We can prevent the forks, Debian doesn't have any problem 
> as maybe RH might have to allow others to rebrand/steal the 
> spotlight..., so the people that extend, can get some of the credit.. 
> but debian can keep some of the places where the origin can become obvious.
> Debian will be immensely benefited, as the effort to produce an 
> extension on existing solid distro will be smaller that the full blown 
> distro even for something like a floppy/cd based distro.

I'd like us to put out something like "developer snapshots" that aren't
quite full releases (specifically, their installation system may not be
ready, and they're allowed to have other weaknesses) but would
nevertheless let third parties build their own releases on top of them.
I haven't really developed the thought much, but there's an upcoming
conference at which I hope to try to thrash out this idea or something

> This will probably require some reorganisation & legal issues of core 
> distro & the extension, but it will be worth it!

I shouldn't think there would be any legal issues, but it would
certainly require reorganization.

BTW, this shouldn't be on -policy. Redirected to -project only.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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