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Re: The end of a dream

Make no mistake.  Indi has been a great success even 
if you do not see it.  Remember me?  I'm Kevin Forge,
one of the 1st subscribers to the list.

The success you have had is in pushing the comersial 
distros to be more user friendly.  Mandrake in 
particular started this process by borowing some of 
our SRPMs.  

In recent times I have seen compleat novices sit 
before a new PC and load up recent versions of SUSE
and Mandrake and figure out how to get simple tasks 
done with very little help.

This looks like achivement of the original dream.
If the pace of user level improvment slows in 
comparison to the proprietery world Indi will be 
reborn.  Perhaps under a diferent name or in a 
modifide form but it's purpose is as eternal as Linux.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Francois Martinez <jfm2@club-internet.fr>
To: independence-l@seul.org
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 23:11:59 +0100
Subject: The end of a dream

I stop Independence.  I noticed that nobody
else had tested the software I had put for download and that
after release there would be nobody for trying to speak about
it and it ideals.  I cannot do this while trying to improve
Indy.  Thus I stop.

I still believe something like Indy is needed because for one
side we have free distros who don't care for the "unwashed
masses" and for another side we hacve commercail distros who
in those times of CD burners and ADSL lose lots of money selling
boxes and try to recoup with support.  But support is bought for
mission critical applications (read servers) in companies, not
by private individuals.  And that means commercial distros will
not make a push for the common user in the foreseeable future. 

That is why I dreamed in a distro made by people willing to take
charge and do something for other users.  But it was a dream.

Jean Francois Martinez

Project Independence http://independence.seul.org
Because Linux should be for everyone