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Shuttleworth: On cadence and collaboration

Aug 06, 2009, 06:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Shuttleworth)

"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."

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