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Open Letter from Corel Computer to Jim Pick

Oct 26, 1998, 15:07 (0 Talkback[s])

October 26, 1998

Dear Mr. Jim Pick:

I am writing you to express my congratulations and highest regards for the Debian Group's port of Debian GNU/Linux to the NetWinder(TM) and StrongARM(TM) microprocessor. I understand Debian GNU/Linux, the award winning distribution of the Linux operating system, is available in a pre-release form and will boot and run the various NetWinder Linux-based computers. I like many, eagerly await the release of Slink, the next Debian GNU/Linux release, and hope that the StrongARM port takes its place alongside the many platforms supported by the Debian Group. I salute the group of about 40 highly talented developers who have collaborated on this Open Source project; the results have been nothing less than spectacular. It is further affirmation that Open Source software leads to innovative consequences.

The NetWinder DM was released at the end of June and in a few months this tiger-team of Debian developers have ported hundreds of new programs to this platform. I am told that within a week of the release, a development group had been formed and porting had begun. It surely is a testament to your ingenuity as many of the developers had not yet received their own NetWinder. I think this is a great example of "community development" as the group was able to collaborate on code through the sharing of NetWinder systems via the Internet.

Flashing ahead to October, and thanks to the work of yourself and the other team members, a new choice is now available for the NetWinder and future StrongARM-based projects. The highly reliable and professional groundwork put in place by your team allows others to join the effort and move forward even faster than before. There is much that other Open Source developers as well as developers of commercial software may be learn from this project. I would like to personally thank all those who have participated, most of whom, I am told, are registered on this web site: http://www.debian.org/ports/arm

Although I could not personally attend the Atlanta Linux Showcase this last weekend, I extend best wishes for the ongoing success of a NetWinder running Debian GNU/Linux.

Sincerely,

Ron McNab, VP and General Manager
Corel Computer
http://www.corelcomputer.com