Re: X Working!
In article <Pine.LNX.firstname.lastname@example.org> you wrote:
> The nicer
> part is if all the "Debian" fixes get propogated back to the orignal
> package maintainers, then everyone is a winner. (I don't know if they do
> this now, if so sorry for the false assumption.)
Most of us work *really* hard to make sure that any fixes or additions to
upstream source get propagated back upstream. I have excellant working
relationships with most of the upstream maintainers of the 2 dozen or so
source packages I manage for Debian. However, there is often a non-trivial
time delay before changes we make show up in new upstream releases. For
example, I maintain the gzip package, which went over 6 years between public
releases, and hasn't had a *significant* public release since 18 Aug 1993!
We've made a number of changes since then, including fixes for unsafe /tmp
usage, etc... all of which have been contributed upstream, but which are
mostly invisible until there's a new release. No distribution can ever be
100% in sync with upstream authors... but I think we try really hard.
> My understanding of the Debian ARM port is it should run any binaries from
> at least a current armv4l system. Same as the Rebel DM 4.0 will be, and
> what the current Titan VI is (both of which are/will have a versioned
As long as our compilers, libraries, and kernels stay more or less in sync,
this is a completely reasonable assumption. I know, for example, that several
maintainers of amateur radio software build on Debian and use 'alien' to
reconstitute their packages as .rpm's for Redhat users apparently quite
> mainly here as I am interested in getting a current version of XFree86
> 3.3.6 running on ARM. Ideally with optimization as well...
Absolutely! I still have some scars from trying to work on this right around
the time Corel -> Rebel was happening, which was also a time of great turmoil
in the Debian X source tree. Just too frustrating then, hopefully we can get
it done this time!