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Another Ubuntu, Mint question

Postby dsimpson on Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:15 pm

Hey Clem, I know this has come up a couple of times, the issue being a part of Ubuntu, kind of a different flavor and tying in with their progress. I have seen that Ubuntu has paired with Linspire and will be sharing knowledge. My question is then what will be the diffence with the Ubuntu/Linspire (Freespire) offering then what could be accomplished with a sharing of technologies by joining Mint/Ubuntu. Ubuntu makes some interesting points in that it will allow the development of Linux as a turnkey OS quicker as everyone will not be duplicating the development of others. I think that a sharing and collaboration between Ubuntu/Mint would seem to be a natural growth process for Mint. I second the thought that Mint could be another option such as Kubuntu/Xubuntu in nature. There are many Ubuntu users, (although the core may be hard core traditionalists), who would welcome a program that offers ease of installation for all the so called "dirty" codecs, that is why Automatix and EasyUbuntu was so popular. I think that Mint would fill in a very important area and be an adjunct to Ubuntu, one that should be welcomed by the Ubuntu community heartily. Plus getting away from the Brown theme would be very refreshing lol! What do you think? Is a partnership with Ubuntu possible? :D
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Postby clem on Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:00 pm

Sharing is important, not just with Ubuntu but with whoever is interested in our innovations. I like the idea of close communication between Ubuntu and us and I'm sure it would benefit both distributions, however our purpose is not to add codecs to Ubuntu or to act as an "enhancement" or variation of it, our main purpose is to implement our own ideas and to make a great desktop distribution.

The goal of Kubuntu is to bring KDE to Ubuntu users.
The goal of Xubuntu is to bring them XFCE.
The goal of Automatix is to bring them codecs and other goodies.

Our goal is to bring a great desktop distribution to Linux users. It has nothing to do with codecs (that's just one small aspect of what we believe a great desktop should have), it has nothing to do with Ubuntu and it definitely has nothing to do with Automatix...

We do make packages and develop nice software and I'm happy to see that Ubuntu users can benefit from it, but our main goal is not to "enhance" Ubuntu, it is to go towards our own idea of a desktop distribution.

As I said earlier, Ubuntu was chosen among other candidates (Debian testing for instance) as a base simply because it wouldn't have made sense for us to reinvent the wheel. With every release of Ubuntu we'll ask ourselves whether we rebase our work or whether we fork a bit more, but the bottom line is we're not Ubuntu, we're not happy with just adding codecs (anybody can do that, you just have to follow ubuntuguide.org or the Ubuntu wiki guide on restricted formats) and we're just going our seperate way to whatever will be for us the fastest path to a better desktop.

Now having said that Ubuntu is a fantastic base for us and I'd be more than happy to see Linux Mint serve them as a testing ground and see some of our innovations make their way into their great distro.

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good points

Postby dsimpson on Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:02 pm

thanks clem, good points. I was looking at it as a way to utilize the partnerships that could come into play by having the added features available by ubuntu's partnerships with Linspire and others they may form unions with. The direction mint goes can be aided by these partnerships by drawing on the research and development already done. I understand your points though, and respect your right to be as different as you want to create your own identity. Thanks again for the reply. :)
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