Similarities and differences between Debian and Wikipedia
I am using both Debian and Wikipedia. And at the time when I discovered them I was fascinated with those projects. General operating system and software distribution is something which we need, as well as the sum of human knowledge is something which we need.
And there are some similarities and some differences between them.
- Both projects are community based.
- Both projects are maintained by geeks.
- English language edition of Wikipedia is about the same size as Debian.
- Debian is the biggest free software distribution ever, Wikipedia is the biggest encyclopedia ever (as well as free knowledge distribution).
- Both of them have non-free section. (In Wikipedia case, it is implicit, while in Debian case it is explicit.)
- Stable releases are not so usable.
- Because of that, users usually use unstable version.
- Both projects think to incorporate another one.
- Both projects have their own binary file formats: Debian has deb, Wikipedia has wiki.
- Both projects have their own forks (cf. Ubuntu and Wikinfo).
- Both projects have preferred GUIs: Debian’s is Gnome, Wikipedia’s is Monobook.
- Debian has package maintainers and Wikipedia has contributors around WikiProjects.
- While Debian has projects with another kernels (Debian GNU/Hurd, Debian GNU/FreeBSD and so on), it is hard to imagine that Wikipedia would do the same (like Wikipedia/Encarta, Wikipedia/Britannica and so on).
- Wikipedia stable release is much less usable then Debian. (Surprisingly, Debian stable release may be used for something; while I am not so sure for what it may be used, I am sure that it may be used…)
- According to the Great Priest RMS, Wikipedia is canonical, while Debian is not.
- Wikipedia contributors usually don’t use Debian, while Debian contributors usually use Wikipedia.
- It is not so likely that you will use Wikipedia’s derivate inside of you washing machine, while it is likely that you will use Debian’s derivate.
Feel free to add your similarities and differences as comments and I’ll add them in the next revision of the document (if I like them, of course). And, of course, feel free to make a fork of this document under GFDLv1.2 or any later, CC-BY-SAv3.0 or any later or GPLv3 or any later.