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Biju Chacko: LinuxOne Redux: Questionable Characters on the Fringe of the Linux Community

Mar 08, 2000, 19:28 (5 Talkback[s])
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"I recently attended a conference and exposition here in Bangalore called "Bang!Linux". I ran into some unsavoury people whose whose actions led me to think a little about our community and specifically, it's lack of policing."

"On the second day of the conference I had a little time to look around at the other stalls. Our stall, the Linux-India stall, was excellently manned and I was a fifth wheel there anyway. So I wandered about the exposition, chatting with the various exhibitors and grabbing all the freebies I could get. I came across an exhibitor proclaiming that he was the first vendor of an India specific distro. This naturally interested me, so I took a closer look. In his stall were several CDs liberally decorated with the Indian tri-colour. He also had, nauseatingly, a female penguin named "Peggy" tacked to the wall behind him."

"I quizzed him a little about his distro. He pompously told me about how the unfortunate Indian Linux user was forced to settle for "foreign" distributions that did not cater to their specific needs. Their distro, on the other hand, was tailor made for Indian conditions. This all sounded very nice so I wanted to know more. What had he done to create an India specific Linux distro? He hemmed and hawwed but declined to give details. After a bit of work, I learned a couple of things. He was basically selling a modified RH6.1. He had modified the install so that it would recognise a SiS 6215 display card. He had also, amazingly, made the DOS commands "dir", "copy", "del" and so on work on Linux! Beyond that I was unable to get any definite information. This is a Made for India Linux? Later, a person from the same city as this exhibitor told me that he had tried out their distribution. As far as he was able to tell, they had grepped through all the install scripts and replaced all instances of "Red Hat" with the name of their company."

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