There are third party vendors (read: propietary) that support the installation of their software in Debian, but mostly because selfish reasons: they need to be present everywhere for their business model to work. A clear example of this is Skype. Now there is a second class of apps/vendors which do not need to be ubiquitous for their business model to work. Most of the examples that come to my mind are CAD-related: Synopsys , Cadence  and Mentor  are examples of propietary vendors that give support for Linux but just on Red Hat and sometimes, Suse. And they are a PITA to make them work on Debian. This makes IT workers need to have RH/Suse/CentOS boxes even if the rest of them run Debian. Sometimes the Debian support is a *.deb made from the RPM packages with alien, but this is just a small rant :-)  <http://www.synopsys.com/home.aspx>  <http://www.cadence.com/us/pages/default.aspx>  <http://www.mentor.com/> Now my question is: without going against the Social Contract, is there anything Debian can/should do wrt this situation? Kinds regards, Lisandro. -- ~/ sweet ~/ Lisandro Damián Nicanor Pérez Meyer http://perezmeyer.com.ar/ http://perezmeyer.blogspot.com/
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