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Debian Dissension Gets Louder

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The Debian Common Core Alliance hasn't even been formally announced yet at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week, and already one of its prospective members, VA Linux Japan, is explaining why it isn't joining.

"It is true that VA Linux has been asked to join the DCC [Debian Common Core] Alliance. However, while we support the DCC Alliance's objectives by and large, we have a different opinion on the way to achieve them," said Shuji Sado, VA Linux Japan's VP of marketing.

VA Linux has not ruling out ever joining the DCC.
"Therefore, we do not plan to actively participate at this stage. China's Sun Wah Linux, a VA Linux partner, will attend the assembly at LinuxWorld, but we do not plan to do so," said Shuji.

Sources have already said that Sun Wah will be a formal member of the DCC.

Shuji continued, "We completely support the DCC Alliance's aims for attaining Debian conformity to the LSB standard and its efforts to promote selection of Debian on the enterprise market."

The DCC's goals include creating a common Debian Linux distribution for the enterprise based on the LSB (Linux Standard Base) 3.0 and Debian Sarge.

"Nonetheless, we believe that this activity should be carried out as much as possible within the Debian Project. At this time, the DCC Alliance and the Debian Project are separate entities, and the DCC Alliance's release of the Debian Common Core, even though it is argued as 100 percent Debian interchangeable, is certainly a fork in the Project," said Shuji.

"This is because the thousand Debian Developers who have not joined the DCC Alliance will be excluded, raising the fear that, in the long term, it could 'lead to the breakup' of the Debian Project."

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