Re: latest version of Debian LJ ad is ready
James A. Treacy writes:
> We are looking for constructive feedback.
There was a discussion and some agreement on this list last week, which
seems to be have been lost. Three things were basically agreed on, as I
First, Joey Hess recalls:
> I thought someone said this before, but this add is intended for an issue of
> LJ sometime this fall or winter, isn't it? At that time, the program
> versions listed may well be out of date. Might be better to list more
> enduring reasons to chose debian.
Second, Fredrik Ax wrote several sage things, including:
> I think it would be better to put the advantages of Debian up front,
> not the disadvantages of other distribution! A change to something
> like this might do?!?
> "Do you want an easy to install
> and use, highly upgradable
> Linux distribution? Visit
> for your one-stop solution
> to secure and stable Linux
> workstations and servers.
> Debian - Get it today!"
I think this is a great text, very much the spirit of Debian which has
always been to be serious and non-bloating.
> I think its better to point out that the features and stability made it
> "space shuttle software". That's something not many OS:es could brag
> Another thing is the version numbers: Skip 'em!
I proposed a compromise on the list which was favorably received (not all
my proposals were :): call it "Debian 2", not 2.0. That way it won't be
embarassing if it turns out that 2.0 has a huge security bug which we fix
(of course) but which gets known ...
This could perhaps be generalised to XFree 3.3, gcc 2.7, egcs 2.90, but for
programs I prefer "latest versions of".
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