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technofile: Corel based its Linux on a conservative version called Debian

Apr 11, 2000, 16:07 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Fasoldt)

"Corel based its new version of Linux on a variation of Linux called Debian. Fans of Debian Linux had good reason to cheer, but fans of some of the dozen or so other main Linux versions might have wished that Corel had chosen a more "standard" version as a model...."

"Debian Linux is a community project. Linux partisans probably can argue that all of Linux is a community project because Linux is the most successful example of Open Source software -- software that everyone (with no exceptions) is free to use and improve...."

"This sounds like a bad imitation of 19th Century utopian schmaltz. But the amazing thing is that it actually works. No, that's not what I mean. The amazing thing is that it actually works WELL. Good open source software -- free software, mind you -- is often far better than good commercial software, as anyone who runs a large Web server using the famous Apache Web server software can tell you. Apache is the best example of Open Source doing what it does best at creating and maintaining a good software program, just as Linux itself is the best example of how Open Source can create and maintain a full operating system."

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