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Re: "Why" Debian Core Consortium ? Why not UserLinux? Why not Debian?

* Jeff Licquia <licquia@progeny.com> [2005-07-28 11:46]:
> At DebConf, it was announced that there are somewhere around 130
> different distros based on Debian.  Do you think that bringing some
> of these closer together, and closer to Debian proper, is a bad
> thing?

I agree that this is a good idea but I fail to see how this new
alliance will bring this about.  Why do we need yet another 3rd party
to foster closer cooperation with Debian (instead of creating the
structures which are needed within Debian)?  Do you seriously think
that a new organization which hasn't actually talked to Debian at all
before being created will help bring some of these closer to Debian

What is this alliance about exactly anyway?  From what I've seen, it
takes the core of Debian and offers some guarantees to ISVs, such as
longer security support and possible updates to some packages.  If
this is correct, this sounds like a combination for better security
support of a certain base plus the idea of volatile.d.net to me.  Why
don't you offer your resources to the Debian project, help out with
the security team and support the volatile.d.net project (and then we
could possibly also upgrade it to an official service)?  This way,
everyone would benefit, we could truly call it the "Debian core" and
your alliance would still get the credit for making it happen and for
working with ISVs (the former being something companies can do much
better than Debian as a project).
Martin Michlmayr

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