Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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RE[3]: Reality
by phoenix on Fri 18th Mar 2011 17:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Reality"
phoenix
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2005-07-11

My opinion of Debian is that it is ran by some of the looniest GPL loons (iceweasel???)


The Icedove, Iceweasel, Iceape naming scheme has *absolutely* NOTHING to do with the GPL.

Debian devs added patches to the Firefox, Thunderbird, etc code. They sent the patches to Mozilla. Mozilla decided not to add them to the source tree. Debian devs kept the patches to their sources, thus making their Firefox/Thunderbird/etc packages different from the binaries shipped by Mozilla. Since they are different, they are not allowed to use the Firefox/Thunderbird/etc names.

It's a trademark issue, nothing else.

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