Issue #15 - Misleading "Linux" link on /projects/debian/

Philippe Cloutier chealer at
Sun Oct 6 11:48:08 UTC 2019

Hi Luca,

On 05/10/2019 14:32, Luca Filipozzi wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 05, 2019 at 11:12:27AM -0400, Philippe Cloutier wrote:
>> On 03/10/2019 22:40, Luca Filipozzi wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 03, 2019 at 07:36:10PM -0400, Philippe Cloutier wrote:
>>>> I believe SPI should defer to Debian to explain such complicated stuff
>>> I'm fairly confident that it was Debian folks that provided that content
>>> in the first place. I'm happy to ask the liaison for updated text.
>> Sorry, what I meant was that SPI's website should let Debian's website get
>> into implementation details. As soon as a description has made it clear
>> where a project stands relative to other associated projects, I think it has
>> enough information. The only value I could see in putting more information
>> on SPI's website would be to publish a view without the project's bias, but
>> I don't think Debian is trying to hide its usage of Linux.
>> P.S. I didn't mean to say the issue was just SPI's fault - it could very
>> well be that such a text came from Debian, but removal remains one way to
>> solve the issue (although I agree that all other things being equal, the
>> more the associated project agrees with our description, the better).
> I undestood you.  My point is that the description of a project on the
> SPI website should be provided, ideally, or be approved by the project
> liaison.

As I wrote, I agree with that, particularly regarding validity. However, 
removing detail should not make a description less valid. In fact, as I 
suggested, removing this specific information could now arguably even 
increase validity.

> I happen to know enough about Debian to write, I hope, a good
> description.  This isn't true of the other projects and I would seek out
> their liaisons.

I am extremely knowledgeable about Debian and happen to have been an 
important member of its communication team for years. I am not saying 
that removal is best, but I can assure you it is a valid option.

Anyway, I am not sure what you are arguing, but at this point, it may be 
best to clarify your claim. Do you think Debian provided just the 
description's text, or its exact content, including the links? I would 
be rather surprised if they provided that exact content considering that:
1. Their homepage includes more details than that about Debian, but 
nothing about Linux.
2. The "Linux" link in the detailed description of Debian on Debian's 
website ( points to, not 
to By the way, I find a link to there more 
appropriate, though I am not sure a link to's homepage is 
really useful.

Philippe Cloutier

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