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Re: SuSE, Caldera, Connectiva and TurboLinux to do a new distribution togerther?

> On Tue, Jun 18, 2002 at 11:14:21PM +0200, J?r?me Marant wrote:
>>   The conclusion: APT doesn't work if it relies of bad quality
>>   packages. The good work Debian folks are doing on their packages is
>>   the real secret for APT's magic.
> Don't get too proud: there is Russian distro ALT Linux (ALT is recursive
> acronym for ALT Linux Team) that is based on Connectiva's apt-rpm port
> and Mandrake Russian Edition, and these guys try to reproduce best parts
> of Debian in their work: first of all, open developer community, and
> coherent packaging, too. They borrow a lot of ideas from Debian, but
> there are ideas to borrow from them, too, like their Sisyphus trunk
> package repository that always remains in rolling-release state, and is
> used as a base for different stable branches: Master is a stable
> snapshot of whole Sisyphus, Junior is a one-disk desktop distro for
> novices and for OEM installations, Castle is RSBAC-hardened server, etc.

The magic comes from high quality packages.
High quality packages come from Debian policy.
Seems that other distributions (including mentioned ALT Linux) have no 
well-defined documents about how packages should be organized. So thier 
quality is poor.

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