2c about the development of ubuntu

Ben Collins ben.collins at ubuntu.com
Sun Jan 1 16:36:28 GMT 2006

On Sun, 2006-01-01 at 16:47 +0100, Udo 'Robos' Puetz wrote: 
> And why does ubuntu have to cater the servers? Doesn't debian do this *very*
> good? Why do you need 2.6.15 on a server? I think an admin should even be
> kicked for using this on a server! Leave debian a little breating space and
> the collaboration will be lots better.

Being a good server platform is not the same as what we are doing.
Debian is great for server admins because they can install just about
anything they want and tweak it to their hearts content.

Ubuntu-Server is a whole different type of server support. Our intention
is to get hardware certification. Something that has been hard to do for
Debian (through no fault of their own).

An admin that wants Debian running on the companies high dollar database
server is going to find it very hard to get support from the hardware
vendor and from the application vendor (say Oracle for example). If they
could install Ubuntu-Server, with full support from us, and support from
the hardware and application vendor, then they are happy (they get a
Debian based dist), the vendors are happy, and the company running the
system is happy (and, of course, we are happy :)

Ubuntu-Server isn't meant to replace Debian running on your i486 box
doing firewall for your home LAN (although you're welcome to use it
there, and we appreciate it), since you can already do that with Ubuntu.
It's a much more focused effort to go where Debian usually can't.

Disclaimer: I'm speaking as the kernel maintainer, not as someone who
actually makes these decisions. I could be a little off on what
Ubuntu-Server is all about, but I think this is the general idea.

Also, why wouldn't someone run 2.6.15 on a server?

   Ben Collins <ben.collins at ubuntu.com>
   Ubuntu Linux

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