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Re: Debian should not modify the kernels!

Martin Michlmayr wrote:
* martin f krafft <madduck@debian.org> [2003-09-21 14:44]:

What you distribute as 2.4.22 is not 2.4.22.

So what?  Most packages in Debian devate from upstream in one way or
another.  That's the added value we provide.  I'm happy that Herbert
carefully selects what to backport and I appreciate this effort.
(Also note that Red Hat modify the upstream kernel and libc in a quite
drastic way; in fact, their kernel is much more modified than ours).

  yeah, officer, he was speeding too...

if I get kernel 2.4.22 as a debian package I expect kernel 2.4.22 as a debian package, not something else... any debian specific changes should result in kernel name change, that's what's expected in kernel world (when I get ac kernel I get 2.4.22-ac3)

kernel is quite different from other packages - it is fairly often that people who get kernel source want to patch the kernel... I might not care that packageX is not vanilla packageX because it is VERY unlikely for me to even get the source for that package - the kernel is quite often customized (=recompiled locally).


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