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Re: Draft of Derivatives/Guidelines -- please contribute

On Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:38:18 -0500
Yaroslav Halchenko <debian@onerussian.com> wrote:

> Dear Debian and Derivatives Projects,
> To help streamlining the construction of "proper" (in legal and
> technical terms) Debian derivative, with Zack's blessing, I have
> initiated a Wiki page
> http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Guidelines
> It touches upon following aspects:
> # Trademark
> # De-/Re-branding
> # Packages
> # Bug reports
> # Popularity Contest
> and it would be great if developers of the derivative distributions
> enhance it with missing information/aspects.
> Later on it might evolve in a Specification with better granularity
> and description.

The Specification will likely cause issues for Emdebian if it is based
on the current guidelines because Emdebian is in a special situation
with regard to Debian:

0: Emdebian is an official sub-project of Debian, so we are allowed to
still use the Debian names, logos, images, branding etc. including the
official use logo.

1: Emdebian still makes changes to Debian packages (some flavours of
Emdebian are binary-compatible with Debian, some are not) and uses a
version suffix (emN where N is a digit).

2: Emdebian does use the BTS, albeit we initially direct bug reports to
a pseudo-package buildd.emdebian.org.

3: Where Emdebian retains ABI, popcon is also preserved.

Yet Emdebian flavours are derivatives of Debian and our own special
situation shouldn't detract from the (useful) guidelines for
derivatives which operate at a greater distance from Debian.

Something to think about here....


Neil Williams

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