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January 26, 2007

Debian's mindshare

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In the comments on Luis Villa’s post about Red Hat’s mindshare, Luis says:

I think the best thing that could happen for Freeness is for Debian to replace gnewsense or gnubuntu or whatever the Free Ubuntu fork of the week is- take Freeness, run with it, and make it usable and powerful. Heh- maybe that could be a new motto for Debian desktop hackers, given where Ubuntu is trending on Freedom- ‘we are the Free Ubuntu’ :) (Seriously, that would be a bad motto, but it might not be a bad goal- to take back as much of Ubuntu’s desktop work as possible, to the point where no one is ever tempted to do a Free Ubuntu fork. The current situation, where Ubuntu is based on the utterly, pristinely free Debian, and yet people fork Ubuntu to make it free, is ridiculous.)

I am inclined to agree. The problem is, the gNewSense people can’t accept Debian while it has non-free firmware in the kernel, and endorses the ‘non-free’ repositories, however obliquely. Still, those hurdles should not be too large for Debian to overcome – it would be awesome to see them with the same level of desktop integration as Ubuntu. After all, without Debian, Ubuntu is nothing.

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