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Re: My first message... more of a mad mans rant...

> Steven

hmmm?  Where to start?

Alpha release:  We have that, it is called testing.  Packages are "dumped" 
into Sid, after a period of time with out bug reports, it is moved into 
testing (10 days?) automatically.  Alpha, pre-release canadate :  alpha 
stage; a stage when it is being actively debugged (wikipedia).  If you think 
you have issues running testing, try grabbing an alpha release of ANY other 

Ubuntu:  It is called marketing.  They rule (from a market perspective).  Mr. 
Shuttleworth is a smart, smart man.  Make a desktop distro, make it work, get 
it out there, make it simple, make it easy, make it free of cost, THEN make a 
server version w/support for the enterprise.  Every CTO has heard of ubuntu, 
so when one guy says, "Lets try Ubuntu server" they will not freak out.  Who 
is marketing Debian.  Does Debian have Community Coordinators volunteers?   
Search IRC.  People LOVE Ubuntu (not me, btw, to many "arbitrary" file 
location changes, but I would recommend it to ANY new user).  It is called 
VALUE ADDED.  This is HOW RMS says you are supposed to make money off of 
FOSS.  Charge for support.  Closed source drivers.  Yawn.  Might as well 
argue for the Prolotariet to to rise up against the yoke of the elite.  Been 
tried, old news.   People just don't care, they want their "thingy" to work.  
Ubuntu just makes it available (and NOT off of the non-free repos), just like 
you can get for Debain.  "Hate" Ubuntu makes no sense.  Take the FOSS, modify 
the FOSS, give it to someone to use, that is the definition of Free.  

Why get bent out of shape over using the FREE part of the FOSS?  Out market 
them, you will win.  Ignore the Market, you will not "win".  MS got to be 
number 1 not by having a superior product, but by better marketing.  
Canonical is in the business of MAKING money, not telling customers what they 
can or can not do.  Does Suse make declaration it derived from slackware?  No 
one cries foul over that omission.  No body cares Ubuntu is derived from 
Debian ( well except for Debian devs and some fans such as myself).  There is 
starting to be some significant diversion between Ubuntu and Debian in file 
system setup and packages used (for example, no inittabb in ubuntu).  We 
shall see if they can keep up the momentum, but I think they can and will.  
For the most part Linux now means Ubuntu and Gnome ( I speak from 
the "cluser" perspective, not the reality). 

If you want to change this, YOU MUST market Debian (and Debian does not like 
to market it's self.) and you MUST make the "cluser" hardware work.  You must 
NOT make the clueless user jump through hoops, dig through documentation, 
search the web, all just to make his wireless work or his webpage to display.  
If you have ever gotten a call from a customer asking "where did I save that 
file I downloaded" then you KNOW this.  People, all people (aside from 
hobbiest) want to USE the computer, not make it work.  Ubuntu mostly has 
solved this issue.

Understand, I use Debian Sid.  I am NOT a Ubuntu fan.  I do use Ubuntu now and 
again, just to check out the evolution.  But I make my Debian do what I want.   
Mr. Cluser does not know how, does not care, will not put the time in and 
will go and find something else that "works".  To rant against Ubuntu 
or "non-free" is nonsensical.  It only works from an intellectual perspective 
of therory.  But like most academic towers, falls down quickly when faced 
with reality.  Coders need to eat.  Manufactures want to recapture capital 
investment.  End users want the new flashy hardware thing because it fills a 
need they perceived.  OS must work on these perceived needed devices or face 
becoming irelevant.  The OS can not tell the user what they may use or how 
they may use it (hmm, sounds like DRM and secure computing).  Now YOU may not 
use these devices and that is YOUR vote.  Most will vote differently then 
you.  Any OS the dares to tell the customer/end user how to do it, what to 
do, what you can not do faces market loss.  Windows Vista is a case in point, 
vs XP.

Debian is a good, stable, simple to install, simple to modify OS that fits 
most, if not all uses (It is The Universal Operating System).  What it lacks 
that Ubuntu has is two fold:  marketing and capital.  Remember the fuss made 
when some devs where paid to push testing to stable?  Oh the humanity!  Of 
course, if YOU were not paid, it would make hard feelings.  Fix those two 
things.  Do not pin your dreams of domination on FREE.   With Debian, this 
will not happen.  To fixated on FREE.  That is the choice of the devs.  They 
do what they want, because they want to.  They want Freedom.  They lose The 
Market share as a result, but that is THEIR choice, not yours or mine.  We 
can only choose to use it or not.  For now, I choose to use it and will do so 
for as long as it works for MY needs.

Damon L. Chesser

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