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gentoo-dev: Gentoo Linux to Fork, Welch Calls for Public Debate

Jun 26, 2003, 14:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zachary T. Welch)


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"I am proud to announce that The Zynot Foundation was registered today as a 501.c.3 member controlled, non-profit organization in the state of Oregon. This new entity is being established to hold a fork of the Gentoo Linux distribution, targeting embedded and enterprise users and developers. We will be establishing a new development culture suitable for creating a reliable, validated, and production-ready distribution--initially using the Gentoo technology we all have come to know and love.

"While I am currently leading this effort, I have already attracted a number of others willing to help me guide this project through its initial growing pains. In the next couple of months, I expect this project to evolve as truly community run organization, and we will be drafting the foundation's bylaws out in the open, accepting input from the community thoughout the entire process.

"I humbly submit that every present or future Gentoo user, developer, client, or investor should read my paper [linked below]. In great detail, it describes the events that drove me to this current state of affairs, the reasoning behind the fork (along with a section covering the most current events), along with a brief glimpse at the choices this fork will be offering the community that grows around it..."

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[Editor's Note: Welch references several links in his post to gentoo-dev, among them a lengthy and informative article entitled "Reasons for Forking A Linux Distribution," excerpted and linked here. -BKP]

Zynot.org: Reasons for Forking A Linux Distribution

"These words were written in an attempt to explain the reasons that factored into my decision to fork the Gentoo project and to provide a history lesson to all those that may come after me. I hope that, by sharing my recent experiences as an open source user, developer, and business owner, others will benefit from my insights if they someday find themselves embroiled in similar political throes. I will also attempt to explain what steps I then took to ensure that the technology was preserved for the community, and the technical problems we intend to solve by forming a new culture around an existing and explosively popular technology.

"I have tried hard to make the following narrative as impersonal as possible and to convey the facts as objectively as possible; however, I must admit to the simple fact that my own intimate involvement with these events will have skewed my perception of them. As such, my attorneys and business advisors have also reviewed these words to ensure that my personal feelings neither cloud nor obviate the point that this story ultimately tries to make:

"A major fork of the Gentoo Linux distribution was both necessary and inevitable..."

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