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DesktopLinux: Debian Tops Poll, Project leader Bdale Garbee Discusses Surge in Interest

Jan 28, 2003, 11:30 (13 Talkback[s])

"DesktopLinux.com's 2002 poll closed on January 1st with Debian edging out Mandrake in the last two months of year. The results, while not quite 'scientific,' certainly reinforced the growing interest in Desktop Linux distributions. Users were passionate in supporting their favorite distribution.

"As the largest volunteer-based distribution provider that many regard as having the best bug tracking system, Debian found itself as the basis of several variants in the latter part of the year including Knoppix, Libranet GNU/Linux, LindowsOS, and Xandros. In November, a desktop initiative, the Debian Desktop Subproject launched with Colin Walters leading up efforts. But that is not Debian's only focus as projects for kids (DebianJr), Education (Debian Edu), as well as many localization programs such as one for Japan (DebianJP), and much more. Specialized versions of Debian are even found for mobile devices such as the Sharp Zaurus.

"DesktopLinux.com talked to Bdale Garbee, Project Leader for Debian and got his impressions during a year that Debian saw commercial products based on it reach the market..."

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