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#1 2011-04-01 01:02:02

Pierre
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The Canterbury Project

We are pleased to announce the birth of the Canterbury distribution. Canterbury is a merge of the efforts of the community distributions formerly known as Arch Linux, Debian, Gentoo, Grml and openSUSE to produce a really unified effort and be able to stand up in a combined effort against proprietary operating systems, to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together for a common goal instead of creating more diversity.

Canterbury will be as technologically simple as Arch, as stable as Debian, malleable as Gentoo, have a solid Live framework as Grml, and be as open minded as openSUSE.

Joining the Canterbury Project Arch Linux developer Pierre Schmitz explained: "Arch Linux has always been about keeping its technology as simple as possible. Combining efforts into one single distribution will dramatically reduce complexity for developers, users and of course upstream projects. Canterbury will be the next evolutionary step of Linux distributions."

Gerfried Fuchs, who gave a talk about Debian at last year's openSUSE conference, said: "While DEX (Debian Derivatives Exchange) might have been a good idea in principle, its point of view is too limited. We need to reach out further for true success."

Robin H. Johnson, lead of the Gentoo Infrastructure team, in a panel of core Gentoo developers at SCALE9x: "I really hate compiling-induced downtime. I've been looking forward to installing packages with just a couple of keystrokes. By building on the efforts of other successful distributions, we can take the drudgery out of system maintenance."
Michael Prokop, founder of the Grml live CD, can be quoted on the effort that "we managed to create a universal live build framework with grml-live. Our vision was always that it will be universally usable to further the spreading of Free Software."

Last year's openSUSE conference had the topic of "Collaboration Across Borders". Klaas Freitag, a respected member of the community, mentioned that "the conference motto was set intentional and actually this is what I had in mind as a positive outcome for the conference."

Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader, comments on the Canterbury distribution: "during the last year, Debian has worked a lot on the topic of collaboration with other distributions. Some initiatives have been targeted to Debian Derivatives Distribution (e.g. the Derivatives Front Desk, DEX, etc.), but we have also been happy to participate in conferences and panels with other distributions such as openSUSE and Fedora. We are proud of our recent work on collaboration and we are now ready, with Canterbury, to push these initiatives to the next, natural, step: uniting together in the next generation community distribution. Canterbury shall live long and prosper."

Please be notified that this announce is just the starting point, the necessary changes will happen in the upcoming days. You can use the #cbproject hashtag to give us your feedback on twitter or identi.ca.

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#2 2011-04-01 01:08:26

denisfalqueto
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Re: The Canterbury Project

to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together for a common goal instead of creating more diversity

Yeah, one can dream.... smile


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#3 2011-04-01 01:11:52

foutrelis
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Re: The Canterbury Project

I'm really saddened by this development. Collaboration between different distributions is welcome and all, but I strongly feel Arch will lose its edge and independence due this decision.

I like the name though.








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#4 2011-04-01 01:15:11

ngoonee
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Re: The Canterbury Project

foutrelis wrote:

I'm really saddened by this development. Collaboration between different distributions is welcome and all, but I strongly feel Arch will lose its edge and independence due this decision.

I like the name though.

What's the worth of independence when your market share is <0.1%? This development should be welcomed by everyone who's eager to see Linux actually catch on. Imagine having 0-day drivers rather than waiting till some random employee in the big corp feels like releasing one.


Allan-Volunteer on the (topic being discussed) mailn lists. You never get the people who matters attention on the forums.
jasonwryan-Installing Arch is a measure of your literacy. Maintaining Arch is a measure of your diligence. Contributing to Arch is a measure of your competence.
Griemak-Bleeding edge, not bleeding flat. Edge denotes falls will occur from time to time. Bring your own parachute.

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#5 2011-04-01 01:16:13

stlarch
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Tell me this is an April Fools joke.

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#6 2011-04-01 01:23:27

spunkiie
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Re: The Canterbury Project

April fools FTW

Last edited by spunkiie (2011-04-01 01:47:52)

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#7 2011-04-01 01:24:26

sdl_init
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Re: The Canterbury Project

I think Microsoft will have interesting too.

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#8 2011-04-01 01:25:24

eldragon
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Re: The Canterbury Project

someone might have proven how important signed packages are ...

heh.. i wouldnt update my systems for a while just in case wink

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#9 2011-04-01 01:25:40

santodelaespada
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Re: The Canterbury Project

I just wanted an update tongue

Jumped of my chair when I saw no Archlinux homepage big_smile

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#10 2011-04-01 01:27:50

egroeg
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Definitely April Fools.  Awesome.

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#11 2011-04-01 01:28:36

Barrucadu
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Re: The Canterbury Project

I, for one, welcome our new Canterbury overlords.

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#12 2011-04-01 01:29:17

eldragon
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Re: The Canterbury Project

egroeg wrote:

Definitely April Fools.  Awesome.


hah, its still march the 31st here :S that might be why i missed the joke :S

good one wink

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#13 2011-04-01 01:29:45

Cerebral
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Way to become everything I don't need in a distro. sad

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#14 2011-04-01 01:33:48

stlarch
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Re: The Canterbury Project

It's on the Debian home page too. Holy crap! If it is a joke, it's brilliant. I mean, it's epic. It will go down as one of the all time classics. If not, well,....maybe not so much

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#15 2011-04-01 01:44:38

jasonwryan
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Single packaging format FTW!


Arch + dwm   •   Mercurial repos  •   Github

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#16 2011-04-01 01:46:03

Hyugga
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Re: The Canterbury Project

I think i'll wait some time to be sad or happy...

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#17 2011-04-01 01:49:55

DustinCasler
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Re: The Canterbury Project

..................... Damn it. If this isn't an April Fools Day joke i'm going to be pretty upset about not switching distros to Arch until a few weeks before it goes away............

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#18 2011-04-01 01:50:46

nstoyanov
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Happy April 1st!

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#19 2011-04-01 01:52:01

DustinCasler
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Also the Canterbury page has taken over the main page for each of the distros except for Gentoo.

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#20 2011-04-01 01:52:32

denisfalqueto
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Re: The Canterbury Project

eldragon wrote:

someone might have proven how important signed packages are ...

Haha, it's quite funny as signed packages can be thrown in any discussion around here big_smile Maybe it's the new Godwin law for the Arch Forums big_smile


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#21 2011-04-01 02:00:43

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Re: The Canterbury Project

This is great news!!!! Way to go team!!!!!!!!!!

[/sarcasm]

I was hoping that when I resigned as a member of the Arch team that things would actually get better; That I could come back to a refreshed vision of what was intended. Obviously I was wrong. What a waste of time and effort.

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#22 2011-04-01 02:02:13

ngoonee
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Re: The Canterbury Project

skottish wrote:

This is great news!!!! Way to go team!!!!!!!!!!

[/sarcasm]

I was hoping that when I resigned as a member of the Arch team that things would actually get better; That I could come back to a refreshed vision of what was intended. Obviously I was wrong. What a waste of time and effort.

So skottish, were you the last impediment removed to enable this to happen?


Allan-Volunteer on the (topic being discussed) mailn lists. You never get the people who matters attention on the forums.
jasonwryan-Installing Arch is a measure of your literacy. Maintaining Arch is a measure of your diligence. Contributing to Arch is a measure of your competence.
Griemak-Bleeding edge, not bleeding flat. Edge denotes falls will occur from time to time. Bring your own parachute.

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#23 2011-04-01 02:03:07

wsims
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Re: The Canterbury Project

Well played sir, well played

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#24 2011-04-01 02:04:01

skottish
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Re: The Canterbury Project

ngoonee wrote:
skottish wrote:

This is great news!!!! Way to go team!!!!!!!!!!

[/sarcasm]

I was hoping that when I resigned as a member of the Arch team that things would actually get better; That I could come back to a refreshed vision of what was intended. Obviously I was wrong. What a waste of time and effort.

So skottish, were you the last impediment removed to enable this to happen?

No, I was just an idiot with a dream.

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#25 2011-04-01 02:04:23

mann138
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Re: The Canterbury Project

At first I went all WTF, then I realized Aprils Fool and then I went to "what if?"...

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