RE: Package naming rules
1. Many packages have already been installed and configured with
the indiscriminate "-" names.
2. Some programs have an original name with a "-" (such as pcmcia-cs)
3. To change the naming convention would produce a period of time
where the debian packages would be confused or have wild | syntaxes
to check for -/_ package names.
I wouldn't like to eliminate the use of "-"s in package names. I
would be more accepting of avoiding "-"s in *future* packages, though
I don't support this idea either.
I'd cast one meager vote against the idea.
BTW, it should be fairly easy to teach grep to pick out the package
you are interested in with or without the "-" problem. Just use
some \-[0-9] type code(s)