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Linux World: How a Linux standard would benefit distributors

Mar 05, 2001, 07:28 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"If Linux companies refocused their efforts away from maintaining multiple base distributions, they could concentrate on the kind of added value that would crack the Linux market open."

"Last week I suggested that all commercial distributions adopt Debian as the foundation for their Linux distribution and build added value upon it. Gauging from the responses I received regarding last week's column, most of my readers misunderstood my rationale for choosing Debian as a prime candidate for a Linux distribution standard. I'll gladly take the blame for that. I obviously spent too much energy raving about the Debian approach to upgrading software and neglected to reconnect the dots on the other issues I had raised in past columns. (See Resources for a link to last week's column.)"

"Despite how I waxed rhapsodic over Debian's apt-get program last week, this is not about RPM package format versus Debian package format, the dpkg program versus the RPM program, the apt-get program versus the various RPM update programs available, or about an octopus trapped in a chicken's body. The issue is about getting all major commercial Linux distributions to agree to start with a common, comprehensive, standard Linux distribution and add value beyond thatfoundation."

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