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Re: Questions about Ubuntu

On Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 07:23:08PM +0100, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
>Hi everybody,
>here are some questions for all candidates. They are related to the
>Debian-Ubuntu cooperation. (If you're not a candidate and wish to give me
>your opinion on that subject, please do so by private mail or move the
>discussion elsewhere like debian-project)

[ Disclaimer before I answer these questions: I have in the past
  accepted a bounty for a small piece of work I did for Ubuntu. I
  don't believe this affects my opinion, but it is only fair that
  people should know this... ]

>1/ What is your personal opinion about Ubuntu ?

I believe Ubuntu to be a good Free Software distribution based on
Debian. I'm quite happy that Ubuntu exists, in much the same way that
I'm happy that any free Linux-based system exists. The Ubuntu
developers have achieved remarkable results in a short period of time,
and I wish them every success.

Many Debian and Ubuntu developers have productive relationships, where
useful work by both sides is shared to improve the quality and
functionality of both. This is clearly a good thing. On the flip side,
I'd be even happier if there was a closer relationship and even more
effort was shared for the good of everybody.

>2/ What explains in your opinion the bad feelings that some DD have against
>Ubuntu ?

It seems to me that some DDs may feel threatened by the success of
Ubuntu, and some are unhappy that the work they have done is borrowed
and changed by Ubuntu with little in return. I can understand both of
those viewpoints, but I don't really share them.

>3/ What changes do you wish concerning the Debian-Ubuntu collaboration ?

A better, easier way of sharing patches would help, and so would
better identification of the maintainers of packages that are shipped
by Ubuntu, as suggested in the debate some weeks ago.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that
 English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on
 occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them
 unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."  -- James D. Nicoll

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