[Mageia-discuss] Attention, please

André Machado afmachado at dcemail.com
Wed Feb 23 15:35:12 CET 2011

We all know that, nowadays, Ubuntu is the distribution most widely used and
known worldwide. Many users are afraid to try other distros because they are
accustomed to Ubuntu and many remasters are Ubuntu or Debian based.

We also know that RPM-based distros are not anything DEB-based distros and often
are more stable and faster. URPMI is incomparably superior to apt-get.

The four major community-driven RPM-based distros nowadays are: Mageia,
OpenSuse, Fedora and PCLinuxOS.

All these distros can work together to promote the use of RPM distros and help
in their own developments.

Even though the development team mageia is busy with the roadmap of development,
I would propose the creation of...

          T H E [ R E D ] A L L I A N C E

... which would be a global network where developers and users of these
distributions could exchange knowledge and information and share resources to
assist in developing mutual their distros.

Today we know that a RPM developed for OpenSuse may not work properly in Fedora.
With the Red Alliance, we could create a common development basis, through which
could enhance the compatibility and interoperability of programs developed for
these distros with the establishment of common guidelines and further increase
market share and convince users that they will feel at home.

The goal is not to merge all the distros, but work together. The idea should be
further developed, but this seems an appropriate way.

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