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, that all commercial distributors are well aware of. For example, Red Hat has initiated Fedora as a free supplement to their commercial distribution. This is the reason why Debian Med is part of Debian and why groups external to the Debian society, like Bio-Linux[NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre, 2010], are also keen on close collaboration with the community.

Andreas Tille 2010-12-10