"In many ways the Debian GNU/Linux project is unique among all
the distributions that dot the Linux landscape. Apart from putting
out a high-grade distribution, it has served as the base for a
number of others--Ubuntu and Knoppix, to name just two--which have
had a big impact on the growth of the Linux ecosystem.
"The project has long, fiery discussions and every little bit of
it is on the web for all to see; it has survived the predictions of
a great many prophets of doom and naysayers and emerged stronger
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