"This article is a follow up to 'Ubuntu: derivative or fork?'
published here recently by Charles-H Schulz. The intent behind that
article was to stir up a healthy discussion on the issue that has
been circling around for some time about the relation between
Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux distributions. However, some of the
"harsh words" said in the article may have polarized the response
more than we would have liked and detributed somewhat from this
healthiness. However still, it happened and to commend the Free
Software community, it was quite civilized (not much of flaming
actually happened;). Some would say that there was no need to
discuss this in this way, to spotlight this issue so much, but if
you take into account the fact that Debian and Ubuntu are today two
of the most influential GNU/Linux distributions, in all ways, then
you might agree that it would be better to 'once and for all' deal
with this case openly through an open dialog then just keep
confusing ourselves little by little posting and flaming each
others on forums about how Ubuntu is this and Debian is that, not
actually making any significant progress on the issue whatsoever.
You could even look at this as a forum discussion which escalated
into a case study on how discussion in Free Software community
works and looks like, one, I'm sure, with a positive result. This
article takes into account most of everything that has been posted
as a reaction to the first article, including the poll results to
present a general opinion and compare them with facts derived from
various resouces. You'll see that peace can be achieved between
these two, and ultimately any GNU/Linux group outhere. We can live
diversely in unity--what a beautiful thing..."
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