Tuesday, 11 August 2009

my views on -- mark shuttelworth on distro level collaboration

Today i read this post by the great himself mark Shuttleworth. Its not often that i get to see great people speak at length in email. http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2009/08/msg00092.html. I have a few concern from Mark's proposed idea. I am not against ubuntu or debian. Both are great distros. First I share the same view in that those how the loudest in most mailing list are those who contribute less as code to the project. Why do most contributors don't speak up. I against the mark's view of all distro to follow the same time line. This takes the uniqueness of the distro. Some distro's are bleeding edge which satisfies the end users who are more adventurous and want to try new things as they happen. There are conservative many who want the most stable software version. Yes this means headache for the upstream developer. Yes Mark is thinking on these lines. So he proposes that there must collaboration between the upstream developers and between different distro maintainers so that they release out the same stable version. Then my question arises. Then all distro will look the same. What is the difference between different distros ? Then it becomes that there is no point in having different distro when all the distros provide the same :(