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Re: Some observations regardig the progress towards Debian 3.1

On Sun, 16 Nov 2003, Adrian Bunk wrote:

> But this problem needs either be fixed in any way or Debian should
> officially announce that it's now a hackers-only distribution, since
> it's due to the lack of stable releases not usable for serious systems.
> _Why_ do these threads pop up without any solution if it's a
> fundamental problem?

I suppose that I am one of the few DDs that has anything to do with the
selling side of GNU/Linux distros and have day to day contact with J.
Average User.  This is probably why the issue does not get addressed.  On
the commercial side I treat Debian as a meta-distribution, raw material
for specialised installation CDs.  Klaus Knopper and Jon Danzig (Libranet)
treat it in much the same way.

I think I have sold only one Official i386 3.0 set, the others have been
my "Enhanced" set with OOo and the like included.  I am in the final
stages of producing a fast, mindless and low intervention CD for computer
dealers.  Neither of these would be possible without Debian.  I would not
even attempt to build such CDs with other distros, let alone building
installation CDs for GNU Hurd.

As a meta-distribution Debian is superb.  However, it would be good if
Debian could also be more aware of J.Average User.


  Philip Charles; 39a Paterson Street, Abbotsford, Dunedin, New Zealand
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