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Re: Usage of Debian Structure Documentation, Social Contract etc

Hi Zenaan

Thanks for your email.

We will have to look at the underlying distro we use, eventually, but at
this point in time we have a much bigger task and that is getting our
community organised - that in itself is the primary challenge.

There has been talk of what to do about the base distro, use Fedora, or
Debian, but either way, it is likely to be a big change and that will be
tackled further down the track.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zenaan Harkness" <zen@freedbms.net>
To: "Peter Cowley" <pcowley@paradise.net.nz>
Cc: <debian-project@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2004 1:01 AM
Subject: Re: Usage of Debian Structure Documentation, Social Contract etc

> To my personal mind, why would anyone choose anything other than Debian
> or Fedora (or Slackware or Gentoo for the masochists)?
> Debian is where it's at - DEB packaging is "Borderline flawless":
> http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/talk.html
> And if you must cow-tow to the RPM masses, pick the biggest community
> out there - I'm assuming that's RedHat/ Fedora?
> To my personal mind, the networking effect would surely outweigh just
> about any other reason. Unless you're a masochist of course...
> On the other hand if you have (potential) clients, and you wish to win
> their business, and they use a particular distro, then perhaps it's
> justified.
> If you want Debian through a "community of service providers", "kind of
> corporate but Free and Community first", then perhaps Bruce Perens'
> UserLinux subset of Debian is your cup o tea. But it's still Debian! And
> that's the whole point!
> Really, Debian makes more sense than anything else on the planet...
> I mean, where's the logic to use an alternative distribution or go
> through setting up the whole community again - it's said and done.
> And with Debian, your own private repository for a small, or large,
> perhaps temporary or long term, sub project spin off, is an absolute
> snap - again, the packaging rocks (just put your sources.list line
> before the standard debian lines. Local mirrors, "proxy" package caching
> mirrors, easy verification of package signatures (just coming online),
> incomparable dependency and other package attributes - I mean seriously,
> you can do it all!
> Why waste your time reinventing all those wheels - and then the rest of
> the organisation and support structure too!
> It just baffles me...
> Best regards and good luck though,
> Zenaan
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