Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2006 17:59 UTC, submitted by John Mills
Debian and its clones Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux, has explained why he thinks the DCC (Debian Common Core, but don't let the Debian guys hear that) will fail. "The vision behind DCC, which is indeed compelling, is that it would provide a common platform for certification, and that the distros that make up the DCC would all ship exactly that same core. But it strikes me that this approach has never worked in the past. In fact, every distro ALWAYS modifies elements of the core, and with good reason. And while we would love that not to be the case, the truth is that the reasons to specialise outweigh the benefits of homogeneity."
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more homogeneity please
by 25bravo on Wed 4th Jan 2006 21:29 UTC
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I'm sentimental to both homogeneity and specialization, but the fact of the matter is that there are tons of different distros, yet there are only a limited number of specializations. The _vast_ majority of people that want to run linux are of two different specializations -- desktop and server. The wheel of Desktop Linux is being built by so many different distros and countless hours are being wasted. Additionally, application developers are reticent to target anything but ubiquitous platforms in fear of wasting time and money.

Plus, why would having a common core negate specialization? If specialized distro AllAboutPhizix happens to have the same core as the DCC, it's still specialized, but now I know I can run application X on it too, because it's DCC certified.

I'm not saying I favor the DCC's implementation of a common core -- I have really looked into it -- but some implementation is needed.

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