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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Debian GNU/Linux 2.1

Dec 22, 1999, 14:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Petron)

"The Debian distribution holds a unique place among Linux distributions. Most Linux distributions are based primarily on software packages developed by volunteer organizations open to anyone, although the distributions themselves are usually closed commercial ventures. Debian, on the other hand, is developed entirely by volunteers. It is also formally refered to as Debian GNU/Linux."

"The Debian organization does not directly manufacture or sell CDs or other media containing the software that it develops (a shrink-wrap version of Debian GNU/Linux is "sponsored" by O'Reilly, SGI, and VA Linux Systems). Instead, it provides it free of charge to both end users and any vendors interested in selling and/or supporting the distribution. (For those readers who may be wondering about the name, it is derived from the names of it's creator Ian Murdock and his wife Debra.) The Debian project is actually part of the Software in the Public Interest (SPI), a non-profit organization also dedicated to promoting hardware/software interoperability through the Open Hardware Certification Program."

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