Re: My first message... more of a mad mans rant...
On 07/14/2008 04:18 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:
I'm not suggesting that they're the same, I'm suggesting that by making
backports official it would be self defeating (why not just update
stable?) and complicate things for developers (now they have two stable
packages to follow). There's a time and a place for backports, but to
make it an official part of Debian would be complicated for developers
and confusing for users.
I agree. The whole Debian system, which I applaud, is already too
confusing. However, the flexibility Debian gives us in selecting
software packages and repositories allows us to have pretty much
whatever distribution we want.
And if someone wants to support exotic combinations of packages and
features with security support--more power to them, but that should be
done outside of the Debian organization.
And most definitely, Debian does not need to come out with a new
distribution. There are already /way/ too many distributions of Linux,
and there are /six/ distributions of Debian in common use: Sid, Lenny,
Etch, Sarge, Woody and Potato.
Creating new distributions just for marketing purposes is silly. If that
works to make Mark Shuttleworth another several million dollars--good
for him, but Debian doesn't need to mimic that behavior. Debian is a
serious Linux O/S meant for serious and knowledgeable people. Here, we
don't need to trick people into buying three installations CD's that are
really all the same O/S but with different install defaults. Our users
have not been dumbed-down that much, and they should never be.