Ubuntu in the news

Etienne Goyer etienne.goyer at videotron.ca
Sat Apr 9 09:58:48 CDT 2005

Daniel Robitaille wrote:
> "Sarge vs. The Hoary Hedgehog?"
> http://internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3496541
> With comments from Matt Zimmerman and Ian Murdoch. ("If anything,
> Ubuntu's popularity is a net negative for Debian")

I do not think that this is really fair.  My reading of the (very short)
citation from Murdoch is that energy spent on making Ubuntu package
compatible could be spent on the release of Sarge.  It is a valid POV,
it does not really sound like sour grapes to me.

That being said, I have very little sympathy for the embarrassing
situation regarding the Sarge release.  Debian have some very compelling
technicals arguments to continue supporting 11 architectures and
releasing "when done".  But one gotta admit this does not coincide with
the interest of most of the userbase.  It should not be surprising to
anyone that Ubuntu is grabbing the spotlight, as it combine the best of
Debian (with none of the drawback) with what made the success of
mainstream desktop distros such as Fedora, Mandrake and SuSE : frequent
release, up-to-date software and useable default install.
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