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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)

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"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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