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La mail con la quale Ian Murdock annunciò il progetto Debian il 16 agosto 1993.

Fellow Linuxers,
   
   This is just to announce the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, 
   which I'm calling the Debian Linux Release.  This is a release that I have put 
   together basically from scratch; in other words, I didn't simply make some 
   changes to SLS and call it a new release.  I was inspired to put together this 
   release after running SLS and generally being dissatisfied with much of it, 
   and after much altering of SLS I decided that it would be easier to start 
   from scratch.  The base system is now virtually complete (though I'm still 
   looking around to make sure that I grabbed the most recent sources for 
   everything), and I'd like to get some feedback before I add the "fancy" stuff. 
   
   Please note that this release is not yet completed and may not be for several 
   more weeks; however, I thought I'd post now to perhaps draw a few people out 
   of the woodwork.  Specifically, I'm looking for: 
   
           1) someone who will eventually be willing to allow me to upload the 
                   release to their anonymous ftp-site.  Please contact me. 
                   Be warned that it will be rather large :) 
   
           2) comments, suggestions, advice, etc. from the Linux community.  This 
                 is your chance to suggest specific packages, series, or 
                 anything you'd like to see part of the final release. 
 
 Don't assume that because a package is in SLS that it will necessarily be 
 included in the Debian release!  Things like ls and cat are a given, but if 
   there's anything that's in SLS that you couldn't live without please let me 
   know! 
   
   I'd also like suggestions for specific features for the release.  For example, 
   a friend of mine here suggested that undesired packages should be selected 
   BEFORE the installation procedure begins so the installer doesn't have to 
   babysit the installation.  Suggestions along that line are also welcomed. 
   
   What will make this release better than SLS?  This: 
   
           1) Debian will be sleeker and slimmer.  No more multiple binaries and 
                 manpages. 
         2) Debian will contain the most up-to-date of everything.  The system 
                 will be easy to keep up-to-date with a 'upgrading' script in 
                 the base system which will allow complete integration of 
                 upgrade packages. 
         3) Debian will contain a installation procedure that doesn't need to 
                 be babysat; simply install the basedisk, copy the distribution 
                 disks to the harddrive, answer some question about what 
                 packages you want or don't want installed, and let the machine 
                 install the release while you do more interesting things. 
         4) Debian will contain a system setup procedure that will attempt to 
                 setup and configure everything from fstab to Xconfig. 
         5) Debian will contain a menu system that WORKS... menu-driven 
                 package installation and upgrading utility, menu-driven 
                 system setup, menu-driven help system, and menu-driven 
                 system administration. 
         6) Debian will make Linux easier for users who don't have access to the 
                 Internet.  Currently, users are stuck with whatever comes with 
                 SLS.  Non-Internet users will have the option of receiving 
                 periodic upgrade packages to apply to their system.  They will 
                 also have the option of selecting from a huge library of 
                 additional packages that will not be included in the base 
                 system.  This library will contain packages like the S3 
                 X-server, nethack and Seyon; basically packages that you and I 
                 can ftp but non-netters cannot access. 
         7) Debian will be extensively documented (more than just a few 
                 READMEs). 
         8) As I put together Debian, I am keeping a meticulous record of 
                 where I got everything.  This will allow the end-user to 
                 not only know where to get the source, but whether or not 
                 the most recent version is a part of Debian.  This record 
                 will help to keep the Debian release as up-to-date as possible. 
         9) Lots more, but I'll detail later... 
 
 Anyway, I'll provide more specifics in a week or so after I receive enough 
   replies. 
   
   Please, all replies by mail.  I'll post a followup.  If you wish to discuss 
   this in the newsgroup, please don't turn it into a flamewar. :) 
   
   Until later, 
   
   Ian 
   -- 
   Ian Murdock                             Internet: imurdock@shell.portal.com 
 The Linux Warehouse 
 
 Please mail me for more information on the status of the Debian Linux Release.
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