The DCC Alliance Launches to Assemble a Common, Standards-Based Core for Debian-Based Linux Distributions

Major Linux Vendors Form Partnership and Promote Debian in Enterprise

Aug 09, 2005, 01:00 ET from DCC Alliance

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- (LinuxWorld Expo) - Major Linux
 vendors and non-profit organizations today officially launched the DCC
 Alliance.  The Alliance plans to assemble a common, standards-based Debian
 core for Debian-based Linux distributions, accelerate worldwide commercial
 adoption of Debian, promote compatibility among the growing community of
 Debian derivatives, and work with Debian on features important to commercial
 adoption, such as a predictable release cycle and Linux Standard Base (LSB)
     Founding members of the Alliance include credativ, KNOPPIX, LinEx,
 Linspire, MEPIS, Progeny, Sun Wah, UserLinux, and Xandros.  The initial
 release of the Debian Common Core, expected in the September time frame, will
 be based on Debian 3.1 ("Sarge") and certified to LSB.  The common core will
 be the basis for future releases of each member's Linux products, and the DCC
 Alliance will serve as a single point of contact for software and hardware
 vendors who want to ensure that their products will work with Debian.
     "Debian GNU/Linux already enjoys worldwide acceptance, and by aligning
 around a common core, we make Debian more viable in the commercial world,"
 said Ian Murdock, Debian founder and leader of the DCC Alliance.  "I've talked
 to a huge number of companies over the years that tell me their customers ask
 about Debian, but that they don't know how to respond because they can't
 figure out how to support it.  The DCC finally gives them a way to do that.
 Through the combined strength of its members the Alliance will fill in the
 gaps -- such as LSB compliance -- necessary to attract major industry partners
 and propel Debian to its rightful place in the enterprise space."
     The DCC Alliance aims to complement and strengthen existing Linux
 standardization efforts by collaborating on a single, Debian-based
 implementation of the LSB standard that will be deployed worldwide via the
 Linux distributions of Alliance members.  This way, ISVs and IHVs may certify
 to a single, vendor-neutral standard platform while at the same time extend
 their reach into under-served geographies and markets.
     "The Free Standards Group is pleased that the DCC Alliance is using the
 Linux Standard Base as a foundation of its offering," said Jim Zemlin,
 executive director of the Free Standards Group.  "This is a significant
 development for Linux and will further enable the goal of the LSB: a strong
 ecosystem of Linux vendors competing around a common, well supported, open
 standard.  The Alliance's strategy of having ISVs certify to the LSB will make
 it easier for ISVs to target the Linux platform and further reduce their
 service and support costs.  The Debian Common Core strengthens the Linux
 industry as a whole."
     By building products and services upon and around a common Debian core as
 an implementation of existing standards, alliance members and associates can
 meet a diversity of market needs while consumers, businesses, schools, and
 governments are assured of a standards-based, world-class Linux platform not
 controlled by a particular vendor.
     The Alliance's primary goals are to:
      * Assemble a 100 percent Debian common core that addresses the needs of
        enterprise business users
      * Maintain certification of the common core with the Free Standards Group
        open specification, the Linux Standard Base
      * Use the Alliance's combined strength to accelerate the commercial
        adoption of Debian
      * Work with the Debian project to ensure predictable release cycles and
        features important to commercial adoption
     The DCC is not a Linux distribution; it is a "base" Debian system composed
 of essential programs or "packages" from Debian GNU/Linux, combined with
 member additions to attain LSB certification and achieve broad commercial
 acceptance and support.
     DCC Alliance members will draw from a single software repository with a
 common set of enhancements, fixes, and security updates.  Each member of the
 DCC Alliance can decide what further components they wish to add to their
 particular certified distributions.  The benefits from this approach include a
 pooled development effort, enhanced security, and one standard set of
 components that third party application providers can support while preserving
 the flexibility for Alliance members to add value for their target markets.
     The DCC Alliance is an open development effort, working in conjunction
 with Debian, the Free Standards Group and its LSB workgroup, and other
 industry projects.  Membership is open to additional participants with an
 interest in a strong Debian platform.  All DCC enhancements will be
 contributed to the general Debian community.
     About the DCC Alliance
     The DCC Alliance is an association of organizations and individuals to
 assemble a common, standards-based core for Debian-based Linux distributions
 and accelerate worldwide commercial adoption of Debian GNU/Linux.  Founding
 members of the Alliance include credativ, KNOPPER.NET (KNOPPIX),
 (Junta de Extremadura), Linspire, Inc., MEPIS LLC, Progeny, Sun Wah,
 UserLinux, and Xandros, Inc.  For more information, please visit
     About the Free Standards Group
     The Free Standards Group is an independent nonprofit organization
 dedicated to accelerating the use and acceptance of free and open source
 software by developing and promoting standards.  Key Free Standards Group
 projects include the Linux Standard Base (LSB), OpenI18N, LANANA and the new
 Accessibility Workgroup.  Supported by leaders in the IT industry as well as
 the open source development community, the Free Standards Group fulfills a
 critical need to have common behavioral specifications, tools and ABIs across
 Linux platforms.  More information on the Free Standards Group is available at
     For more information, please contact:
     Heather MacKenzie
     DCC Press Contact/Linspire, Inc.
     858-587-6700 x263
     858-587-8095 (Fax)