[News] Debian Boasts Fleet of 1000+ Developers, A Look at 100% Free Debian, gNewSense

[News] Debian Boasts Fleet of 1000+ Developers, A Look at 100% Free Debian, gNewSense

Post by Roy Schest » Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:57:15

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Keeping 1000 devs focused: new Debian leader speaks

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| Ten days back, the new leader of the Debian
| GNU/Linux project, Stefano Zacchiroli,
| began his term as the only elected leader
| of a free software project. But that's not
| the only thing that makes Debian unique in
| the FOSS space.
| The project has well over 1000 developers
| from all corners of the globe and, despite
| the arguments and debates that figure on
| its many mailing lists, still puts together
| a distribution that is top quality and
| caters to more architectures than any
| other.


gNewSense: Libre GNU/Linux OS

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| In the open source world, there are two
| kinds of freedom. There is software that
| is free as in beer, a mysterious phrase
| that relates to something which costs no
| money. By definition, any software
| released under the GPL or many related
| licenses which can be freely redistributed
| fits this definition. This is pretty much
| the state of most open source software.
| Less common, though, is software that fits
| the second type of freedom, "free as in
| speech". This sense means that it has no
| restrictions, or is "libre" -- something
| that in practice is much harder to achieve
| than simply being gratis.
| [...]
| Except for the wireless issue, I was very
| pleasantly surprised by how easy gNS was to
| use. Specific package and application
| choices are different than a less
| restrictive distro might have, but basic
| functionality was on a par with what I'd
| expect for a baseline distro. (I'll give
| gNS a pass on freezing up when I asked it
| to play my DVD -- in retrospect, it was
| trying to save that hour and a half of my
| life.) It may be subliminal brainwashing
| by proprietary forces, but I think that I
| had assumed that the "libre" would have to
| work out to some kind of added difficulty.



Debian Squeeze Bug Count

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| Wow! the 900 developers and friends of Debian
| GNU/Linux are really eating up the bugs. They
| are down below 700 bugs now and they are not
| yet at package-freeze. If they keep this up,
| they will release this year.


Freshly Squeezed Debian: Installing from Live DVD

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| My impression is that Debian values stability
| and functionality over looks and release
| schedules. You can look at this alpha version as
| a preview of Debian's next stable release, or
| you could simply run Debian Testing as a
| constantly-updated "rolling release." Despite
| the "testing" moniker, it's a pretty good
| balance between the stablity of Debian Stable
| and the more up-to-date applications in Debian
| Unstable. It's also got a huge repository of
| over 25,000 available packages and an excellent
| package management system going for it.

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[News] Debian Boasts Fleet of 1000+ Developers, A Look at 100% Free Debian, gNewSense

Post by wispygalax » Fri, 30 Apr 2010 10:53:02

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Look at the large number of developers willing to work on Debian. Some
people think that these developers work for nothing and are wasting their
time. I don't agree... There are many nontangible factors that motivate
these people to help out.

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[News] Debian Boasts Fleet of 1000+ Developers, A Look at 100% Free Debian, gNewSense

Post by Roy Schest » Sat, 01 May 2010 02:50:09

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____/ wispygalaxy on Thursday 29 Apr 2010 02:53 : \____

For comparison, IIRC, just 200 developers make Windows and ~1000 makes Office.

To be fair, Debian is more than just the OS.

Among developers, Microsoft may be the minority (Apple too).

Microsoft has debt.

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