Weblog entry #10 for glanz
Many observers have found it difficult to "digest" the so-called "internal bickering", the occasional flamewar, in which I have participated in the distant past, and the continual, rather strong discussions its development occasions.
I have no criticism concerning all this. In fact, I find it positive and healthy. Freedom itself is often "difficult to digest" to those who have less experience with it. Others bloom in such an environment. Freedom has a price. The first payment comes in the money of opinions, often shocking and strong, of each member of the various levels of the Debian Community "hierarchy". In general, there is always room for improvement in an evolving and self-improving community. Debian is like a virtual country, spanning artificial territoriality, determined by greed and by wars. It is a unifying experience to all those involved even though when isolating a local verbal battle here and there from within its communication system seems shocking and apocalyptic from time to time.
Debian is a working cooperative. So is Ubuntu, but without a "dictator", benevolent or not. Unlike Ubuntu's community, it does not have political correctness, lack of criticism and being overly careful to not step on anyone's toes as a rule of conduct. Ubuntu seems to have its own "Dept. of Homeland Security," scanning the horizon for the "unseemly" criticism and the budding contention. This does present an Eden-like image to the uninvolved however -- sort of a "nicey-wicey" spin. That's OK though. All that was not a dumping of Ubuntu, just a statement of taste.
Debian is a non-fascist cooperative. Those who work the hardest have more influence than those who do not, yet everyone is welcomed. This freedom is disarming. I am pleasantly amazed that it works so well and for so long a time.
So all the heat you feel from really free discussions on mailing lists, all the strong language, albeit normally well formulated and expressed, and all the reposts and seeking for solutions are signs of health and a proof that freedom reigns in a full spectrum of humanity.
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