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Debian And The Rise of Linux 438

There's an article in this month's LinMagAu that asks a question about how the rise of Linux will impact Debian and what that could mean. Good article, especially interesting if you have been a fan of Debian.
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Debian And The Rise of Linux

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  • by SlowCoder (99587) on Monday June 30, 2003 @07:02AM (#6329658) Homepage
    "if you have been a fan of Debian"..

    Not only "if", but also "been a fan", implying that most people aren't using Debian any more?

    *ducks for cover*
  • by ATAMAH (578546) on Monday June 30, 2003 @07:07AM (#6329682)
    And as people in linmagau.org have already found out
    these kind of stories should be kept secret from slashdot for your web server's sake.
  • by WPIDalamar (122110) on Monday June 30, 2003 @07:12AM (#6329701) Homepage
    ... and as the people of Australia have already found out, these kind of stories should be kept secret from slashdot for you entire country's connection sake.
  • by Adam Warner (205156) on Monday June 30, 2003 @07:48AM (#6329869)
    ``Any sufficiently complicated software distribution contains an ad hoc, informally specified bug-ridden implementation of half of Debian GNU/Linux.''
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 30, 2003 @07:58AM (#6329937)
    I started using debian roughly 4 years ago...Since then I have been running exactly the same debian installation.

    Whats your IP address?
  • by wwwillem (253720) on Monday June 30, 2003 @09:05AM (#6330352) Homepage

    So Debian should be more of a VHS than a Betamax if it wants to stand a chance...

    Yeah, I worked for Philips with their technically also superior V2000 system. The story goes that that never made it, because the "family owned" company didn't "encourage" the release of V2000 P0RN movies :-).

    I'm myself pretty happy with using RH in the office and Debian for hacking around at home. Good article, but Joe Doe will never know about apt, because they don't know already about rpm. Stuff like Walmart/Lindows is the answer there. But let's not forget: Commodore 64 is a thing of the past, but Apple is still around, so "the masses" don't always win.

    So maybe Debian P0RN is the answer to the improved "usability and visibility" in the article :-) The new future for APT-Get-Unstable ....
  • by chill (34294) on Monday June 30, 2003 @09:12AM (#6330398) Journal
    Debian as a reference platform? Sure, as soon as they get rid of .deb and start using .rpm packages. RedHat, RedFlag, SuSE, Mandrake use RPM, which constitutes the vast majority of non-uber-geek installs.

    That'll probably be about the time Steve Ballmer gets praised for his dancing abilities and Bill Gates extolls the virtues of the GPL -- with a straight face.

    Hint: "monkey boy" isn't considered praise.
  • by Laxitive (10360) on Monday June 30, 2003 @11:32AM (#6331634) Journal
    System recovery (using distributed backups over the lan), hardware autodetection, an installation blog

    Yes, an installation blog is CRUCIAL. What's the point of installing debian if you can't blog it in excruciating detail right next to your much vaunted movie reviews, and internationally recognized kitten-jokes. Ok, sorry, I had to. -Laxitive
  • by ichimunki (194887) on Monday June 30, 2003 @12:11PM (#6331932)
    Jonathan Oxer is Founder and Technical Director of Internet Vision Technologies, an Australian web application development agency with clients around the world. He is also a Debian developer and cmdrtaco felcher, and was organiser of the Debian Mini-Conf in Perth in January 2003 in association with Linux Conf Australia where he presented one of the technical papers.

    Moderators: if you're going to mod up a repost of an article, please make sure it has been reproduced faithfully. Really, do you people even read the posts you're moderating, or do you just look for keywords and then vote accordingly?

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