> consider i'm doing a distribution myself and at the same time
Do you believe they would be more sustainable if the mainstream
distributions didn't exist? In my view, specialist distributions suit a
minority of users, while most users have more general needs.
> especially if a distribution can hide to the users the single efforts
Whenever I hear Mark speak he always makes the effort to give credit to
the Debian project. Whether you believe Ubuntu is a fork of Debian or
maintains the feedback loop, I'd have to point out that before Ubuntu
came along, Debian was having severe difficulties in getting releases
out. I believe that Ubuntu has helped to re-energise Debian (even if
it's just through providing some competition in their back yard).
> we should preserve and support the variety of
I don't think Ubuntu is likely to achieve that. Red Hat has reserves of
over $1 billion in cash and investments, Novell isn't poor either, and
Debian is not going away.
> 2) pertinence - since Ubuntu is not an audio oriented distribution.
We already have Mandriva as a member, and that's not specifically about
audio - but like Ubuntu, it's a distribution that wants to contribute to
audio development and provide a better audio experience for its users.