Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2006 14:51 UTC
Debian and its clones "This interview was conducted with Martin F. Krafft, the author of 'The Debian System'. Despite Debian GNU/Linux's important role in today's computing environment, it is largely misunderstood and oftentimes even discounted as being an operating system which is exclusively for professionals and elite users. In this book Krafft, explains his concept of Debian, which includes not only the operating system but also its underpinnings."
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Great effort, awkward questions
by moleskine on Wed 18th Jan 2006 17:59 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

This is a tough call. Of the three large and generally excellent bookshops in this university town, not one stocks Martin Krafft's book. I guess he should get on to his publishers and kick a few butts! All that hard work is wasted if publishers don't make it available for purchase.

In my experience, one of the strengths of Debian that Krafft praises in this inteview - the community of Debian developers around the world and the friendships and exchanges between them - is also a leading weakness. Maybe Debianites need to ask themselves why focus on the inside so often doesn't lead to excitement in the wider world of computer users, except when it is filtered through one of Debian's many derivative distros. Something is pretty wrong when a leading Debian dev recommends using Ubuntu as your desktop. Not many folks seem to think that Ubuntu will remain fully compatible with Debian for all that long, and in any case what is the problem here with Debian itself then?

I'm not getting at Krafft who has done so many folks a great service by writing this book. But there are some hefty questions lurking around about Debian and how it answers to the needs of users. I guess one answer is that it doesn't in some key respects, hence Ubuntu, Mepis and others. Maybe it should.

Edited 2006-01-18 18:01

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madduck Member since:
2006-01-18

I have told the publishers. It would help if you told me which stores you searched.

I don't understand your comment about the community being the leading weakness, but I am curious, so if you care...

About my Ubuntu recommendation, please also see a comment I left one Slashdot: http://xrl.us/jm47 . Anyway, if Ubuntu starts to become incompatible with Debian, they'll have a whole 'nother thing coming. They are dependent on Debian, very dependent. Going away would be foolish, or even suicidal.

Finally, Ubuntu and Mepis and others are specialisations of Debian, which is the "universal" operating system. That's what we would like it to be, and that won't change. If Debian starts to specialise, we're not only going to lose those derivatives previously specialised in the area, but also those that now lack our universality (due to the specialisation).

And I don't think I am a leading developer of Debian really.

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