Proposal: Ubuntu Metadistribution

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Apr 26 09:03:15 UTC 2007

On Sat, Apr 21, 2007 at 08:13:13AM +0200, Gueven Bay wrote:
> > So what is it that you are proposing specifically?
> What I want is to combine the worlds of several free operating systems with the "philosophy" of Ubuntu:
> ease of use, shiny new releases every eye blink , cool community, "business awareness"  but - with the combination 
> of several operating systems under Ubuntu - the _full_ choice the free software world gives.

You are proposing something very abstract, which I could interpret as
something which already exists.  There are already many free operating
systems based on Ubuntu, and the system has been architected so as to make
it easier to create more.

> Let me specify this - with the things I wrote above in mind- in the example of Ubuntu/OpenSolaris:
> The original OpenSolaris with its libs and docus and userland (in the OpenSolaris world these are called consolidations) 
> + The packages to get all the functionality of a Ubuntu Release (CD/DVD) from the Blastwave repository (this is
> a repo which gives the Solaris user an "apt-get like structure". 

If you wanted to create an OpenSolaris-based Ubuntu, I don't see a reason to
use anything other than an APT repository, in order to make use of all of
the existing package management tools in Ubuntu.   I don't know much about
Blastwave, but from your descriptions it sounds like it is not compatible
with APT.

> + The Ubuntu specific programs and packages ported to OpenSolaris (for example the installer, the update notifier but 
> also the Gnome adaptations of Ubuntu).
> Please have in mind here that the OpenSolaris world stays as it is and it is known to the user (with some very little adaptations).
> This all combined in the Ubuntu repositories , with the apropriate user mailing lists and forums, tested for half year release
> as Ubuntu/GNU/Linux is tested and released every six months.

Here you are proposing something more concrete.  Are you asking for space in
the Ubuntu repositories to work on this?  Would you then create such a

 - mdz

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