Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th May 2006 17:37 UTC, submitted by DC Parris
Linspire Kevin Carmony has taken the heat from some in the FOSS community for offering non-free software in Linspire, and in particular, for attempting to lure the FOSS community into contributing to Linspire via Freespire. Don Parris spoke with Linspire's Kevin Carmony to learn more about his position. Are the community's accusations fair? What other options are there?
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Community distros...
by synergy on Tue 9th May 2006 18:49 UTC
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so meanwhile we have fedora, opensuse, ubuntu and now freespire...

except some distrospecific managemnt tools and apps,
all have the same stuff included - talking about tremendous waste of efforts...!

how about at least merging opensuse and fedora (rpm) as well as ubuntu and freespire (deb) - possibly even debian or based on debian itself, and later maybe all via progeny's work on apt4rpm/deb?
should be possible in a way that the involved comapanies still can differentiate their commercial offerings - if not 2 base distros, then at least shared maintaining/packaging of shared rpms/debs (synching of used releases of the various libs/parts).

how about it, folks?

Edited 2006-05-09 18:51

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RE: Community distros...
by ThawkTH on Tue 9th May 2006 19:44 in reply to "Community distros..."
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It's rather unlikely that Fedora (Red Hat) and openSuse (Novell) will merge their products in any way, shape or form. The best we can hope for is group efforts toward certain goals (xgl, drivers, etc)

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RE: Community distros...
by macisaac on Tue 9th May 2006 19:45 in reply to "Community distros..."
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...except that Novell and RedHat are two seperate and competing companies that are using their free versions as testbeds for their enterprise offerings (i.e. what they actually make money off of). add to that the fact that regardless of sharing a packaging format (rpm) suse and redhat/fedora are very different distributions, even in terms of adherence to file system hierarchy.

same goes in terms of differences for ubuntu/freespire, though to a lesser extent perhaps since they are both building off of a common base already (debian). just wildly different from each other in terms of what they do with it.

anyhow, I don't know that I'd say it's a waste of effort. other that choosing/writing whatever patches they'd use on the upstream sources, as well as how conservative they want to be with versioning, the components of any distro will be largely the same. it _is_ the distro specific tools and support models that differentiate them.

plus, the whole variety breeds competition which is supposed to improve technology and all that, which means you the user win in the end (at least theoretically).

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