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Is Debian dead?

The most recent desktop Linux survey found Linspire with barely 1% of all desktop downloads, against 29.2% for Ubuntu, the market leader.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive
Linspire's decision to switch from a Debian base to Ubuntu is the reason behind the provocative headline. (This cute little guy lives at Ubuntux, an Ubuntu community site.)

Debian is late, but that's just as in the newest version is delayed, not as in, you know, Anna Nicole Smith late.

Linspire's own release on this obscured the story. "Canonical to Use the CNR Commercial Software E-Commerce Technology." Huh? CNR is a digital download and system management service, previously available just for Linspire's own Linux. It will now be available to Ubuntu users, and to others, later.

In fact this whole story may be  less than meets the eye. The most recent desktop Linux survey found Linspire with barely 1% of all desktop downloads, against 29.2% for Ubuntu, the market leader.

Linspire, however, acts like a proprietary company, complete with PR drums and spin. This deal is not with Ubuntu.org but with Ubuntu sponsor Canonical, which quietly handles other important projects from offices on the Isle of Man.

Ubuntu was originally a fork of Debian, and like all forks that exceed their parents we have to ask why. So, why?

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