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Re: Debian derivatives census: dpkg vendor information

+++ Paul Wise [2012-10-27 08:01 +0800]:
> On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM, Kel Modderman wrote:
> > What is the benefit of making these changes to Debian, the derivative or the
> > end users thereof?
> Principally I wanted Debian's popcon site to be able distinguish
> between Debian users and users of derivatives:
> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/popcon-developers/2012-October/002171.html
> I'm not sure about the original motivation for the addition of
> dpkg-vendor (Raphael?), 

It was conceived as a way for derivatives to upstream changes that are
some kind of actual difference which can only be accomodated as 'if
vendor A, do this, if vendor B do this' alternative. Otherwise they
have to carry a patch forever and keep moving it forward. 

Principal hats:  Linaro, Emdebian, Wookware, Balloonboard, ARM

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