Over the past decade, the integrative Debian Med project has proven to have positive effects beyond the scope of Debian users. Many ties have been established between original software developers and Debian package maintainers. Large development teams started to upload their Debian packages directly. That communicated the experience of the developers back into the distribution and made medical software a constituent member of the Debian distribution.
The ideas behind the Debian Med generalised into the concept of Debian Pure Blends. Blends, such as Debian Edu, Debian Science, DebiChem (chemistry), Debian GIS, DeMuDi etc., were created to provide a targeted appearance of the Debian distribution for different domains of applications. Today, Blend task pages complement canonical Debian package listings with additional information (e.g. scientific references) and also cover software products that are relevant for a given domain, but not yet integrated into Debian. A growing community with continuously improving maintenance procedures eases direct contributions to Debian, thus preventing unnecessary fractioning of the open-source community, and allow for supporting customised versions of Debian, such as Debian Med, within the Debian ecosystem.