The Canterbury Distribution, a group effort of the major community-driven distributions, was “announced” early this morning on the first of April, 2011. The distribution is a coordinated effort of the following distributions:
- Debian (http://www.debian.org)
- Arch Linux (http://www.archlinux.org)
- OpenSUSE (http://www.opensuse.org)
- Gentoo (http://www.gentoo.org)
- GRML (http://www.grml.org)
The ultimate goal of the distribution is unify all of the distributions in a stance against proprietary operating systems. To show that people with such different views can come together to amidst diversity.
While most of you have recognized it as a cheeky April Fools joke it does raise an interesting point about the “Linux Community”. It’s actually not much of a community at all. It appears to be sharply divided and opinionated.
While a Linux Community driven distribution would indeed be interesting, it’s nothing but a pipe dream. I think I’d be more interested in what features of the various distributions are kept, and the discussions relating to those decisions, rather than actually using the end product itself. Nothing is perfect.
I wonder if all of packages would be unsigned. Speaking of Arch, there appears to be a slight variation between all the other versions of that site and the Arch Linux one. Have you spotted it?