"Psychologically, I don't know so much. Have you ever noticed
how family disputes can be the most bitter? Or how neighboring
countries that share the same food, the same dress, the same
values, can often be the bitterest feuds? Some days I think that
applies between us. I see mails on this list saying it would be
easier and better for Debian to coordinate with distributions that
I think would be almost *impossible* to work with practically, but
somehow they are more attractive because they are not family.
Perhaps we know each other too well. It's hard to be a prophet in
your home town.
"How do I think it could work in practice? Well, if Debian and
Ubuntu went ahead with the summit in December, where we reviewed
plans for 2010 and identified opportunities to collaborate, I think
we would get (a) several other smaller distributions to
participate, and (b) several upstreams to participate. That would
be a big win. It would set us off on a good course. If we
delivered, then, we would virtually guarantee that almost all the
distributions and key upstreams would participate the next time
around. And if *that* worked, we'd win RHEL over too."