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Proposed announcement: Debian derivatives census

Hi all,

Discussion seems to have died down on debian-derivatives so I figured a
last check on -publicity/press@ and we could send this out:


The Debian Project would like to invite representatives of distributions
derived from Debian to participate in a census[1] of Debian derivatives.
In addition we would like to invite representatives of distributions
derived from Debian to join the Debian derivatives[2] front desk[3][4].
Debian encourages members of derivative distributions to contribute
their ideas, patches, bug reports to Debian and to the upstream
developers of software included in Debian.

By participating in the census you will increase the visibility of your
derivative within Debian, provide Debian contributors with a contact
point and a set of information that will make it easier for them to
interact with your distribution. Representatives of distributions
derived from Ubuntu[5] are encouraged to get their distribution added to
the Ubuntu Derivative Team wiki page[6].

By participating in the Debian derivatives front desk you can support
other Debian derivatives, share your experience with other Debian
derivatives and with Debian contributors and benefit from the experience
of other Debian derivatives. Debian encourages representatives from all
derivatives to join the mailing list[7] and IRC channel[8].

Future plans for the Debian derivatives census include keeping track of
Debian derivatives, addition of more information useful to Debian
contributors, inclusion of machine-readable information and subsequent
integration of information about derivatives into Debian infrastructure.

<insert standard blurb about Debian>

     1. http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census
     2. http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives
     3. http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk
     4. http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100629
     5. http://www.ubuntu.com/project/derivatives
     6. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DerivativeTeam/Derivatives
     7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-derivatives/
     8. irc://irc.debian.org/debian-derivatives



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