Interested in the source code of other distros

Enrico Zini enrico at
Mon Feb 13 01:30:46 PST 2012

On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 11:39:11PM -0500, Jon Stanley wrote:

> I'm not trying to discourage you, but think long and hard that you are
> *really* serving a need that can't be served by "standing on the
> shoulders of giants" - using something that already exists as a base.
> It happens that I think that Fedora, due to the completely open nature
> of build processes and tools, lends itself very well to such an
> endeavor. But I'm biased :)

I totally agree with Jon. There are solid, universal distributions that
are completely yours to take, and that explicitly support[1] being used
as bases for derived distributions.

They are used (and tested) in all sort of systems, from embedded
hardware to cloud systems[2].

The universal distribution ecosystem is wide enough that you can pick
your favourite: are you familiar with the rpm world? There's Fedora[3]
and openSUSE[4] (and possibly more, I don't know the rpm ecosystem
well). Are you familiar with the .deb world? There's Debian[1] if you
want to be completely free, or Ubuntu[5] if you would like some more
structure on top of Debian.

Those are just the examples I know better, but there are of course also
the Gentoo and the Arch ecosystems, and the *BSD ones, and surely more.

I cannot think, in 2012, of a good reason to go through all the trouble
of starting your own ecosystem, and not to take advantage of all the
work that people have already done for you. It's a lot of work to do,
and the giants are friendly and have very wide shoulders.

[2] has an example of
systems where we know Debian is used. The package count for the various
categories is still low because those categories have beeen introduced
only very recently.



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