blog post: on the number of debian derivatives
authorStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:49:34 +0000 (22:49 +0100)
committerStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:49:34 +0000 (22:49 +0100)
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+# Counting derivatives
+
+In the news, there's an
+[article](http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3926941/Linux-Leaders-Debian-and-Ubuntu-Derivative-Distros.htm)
+by Bruce Byfield discussing the influence of Debian and its (transitive)
+derivatives on the ecosystem of GNU/Linux distributions:
+*[Linux Leaders: Debian and Ubuntu Derivative Distros](http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3926941/Linux-Leaders-Debian-and-Ubuntu-Derivative-Distros.htm)*.
+
+The article is a sort of review of what you can find in the vast ecosystem of
+distributions rooted at Debian: from embedded to supercomputer distro, from
+netbook to scientific computing distros. The articles cites the Debian
+[derivatives front desk](http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk) and is a
+study similar to what we might tackle with the
+[derivatives census](http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census) by Paul
+Wise. (By the way: did you check if your favorite Debian derivative is already
+in? No? Do it!)
+
+With this article, Bruce has made me quite a favor in harvesting
+[distrowatch](http://www.distrowatch.com) to refresh the figures about the
+number of derivatives that I often use in speeches. The need of doing that has
+been polluting my LaTeX "% TODO" comments for a while now… Here they are:
+
+- 323 active distributions
+- 128 of them are (directly) based on Debian
+- 74 of them are (directly) based on Ubuntu, i.e. transitively based on Debian
+
+[[!tag lang/english planet-debian debian ubuntu derivatives]]