Importance of community support

That strong support within the community of users is essential for the development of software, for quality assurance, feedback on features, and not at least for the motivation of staff, all commercial distributors are well aware of. E.g., RedHat has initiated Fedora as a free supplement to their commercial distribution. It is this reason why Debian-Med is part of Debian and why groups external to the Debian society, like BioLinux, are also keen on close collaborations with the community.

Andreas Tille 2005-05-13