Linked by Anonymous on Tue 23rd Sep 2014 23:02 UTC
Debian and its clones

Debian switched to Xfce as the default desktop environment back in November 2013. But that didn't last long because a few days ago, Debian restored GNOME as the default desktop, based on preliminary results from the Debian Desktop Requalification for Jessie.

According to Joey Hess, the Debian developer who performed this change, the main reasons for Debian switching back to GNOME as the default desktop are related to accessibility and systemd integration.

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RE[4]: MATE?
by SeanParsons on Thu 25th Sep 2014 15:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: MATE?"
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I can think of several significant forks that involved the community/a handful of devs to start, and then attracted more to their cause. 1) MariaDB was forked by the original developers of MySQL and seems to be doing quite well. 2) Knoppix was a fork of Debian done primarily by Klaus Knopper and it has given us the modern world of live distros. 3) Theo de Raadt did fork NetBSD to OpenBSD and then attracted more devs. 4) While it did not involve a small number of people LibreOffice was forked by a large number of developers and appears to be more popular than the original OOo.

That said, successful forks of large software projects are not all that common probably because if users dislike it enough in the free software world they will go somewhere else. They don't NEED to fork it.

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