An Evening with Bruce Perens
Posted Oct 9, 2003 17:58 UTC (Thu) by zone
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>> why is there a Fedora project when there's Debian
This is obvious the question that occured to me when I read the Fedora annoucement. As far as I can tell, Fedora and Debian fill identical roles. Take Fedora's objectives statement, remove the RedHat-isms and a few minor points, and you've got Debian's Social Contract.
If Fedora is going to fill any gaps Debian may not have filled yet, they'll need to re-package the vast majority of 10,000 packages, establish a Constitution in order to mediate disputes, and create a Policy Manual to set the technical tone and policies for the project. I have no doubt it can be done, and that Fedora can co-exist with Debian. The question is, why bother?
> Because, in part, it is the open-source way :o)
Competition is part of the Open Source way, sure, but reducing duplicated effort is a very big part as well. As well, competition at the application level is vastly more important than competition at the distribution level. After all, if you spend much time administering the distribution itself, it's probably not fulfilling its mission: to facilitate the use of the kernel and applications, which are what you're really interested in.
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