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Re: [custom] Custom Debian Distros need the help from debian developers

>From Benj. Mako Hill on Tuesday, 2004-03-09 at 01:24:33 +0100:
> On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 12:45:12AM +0100, Free Ekanayaka wrote:
> > Andreas,  I've read again your paper  and I've just  noticed that your
> > are referencing #186085 (maybe the first time I was too tired, or it's
> > newly added).
> I don't really think this is particularly important.
> The way I see it, CDDs have two major problems: custom package
> selection and custom package configuration. This thread has already
> talked about custom package configuration in regards to pre-seeding low
> priority (or even unasked) debconf questions. IMHO, custom package
> selection (the problem that #186085 seems to be addressing) is an
> easier and less pressing problem.

Hear!  Hear!  The question of custom package configuration is one
of the big problems, and not discussed often enough, in my opinion.

Let us assume that all of Klaus Knopper's packages had been put
into Debian already---you would _still_ not be able to install
his system to create your own Knoppix using the Debian installer, 
because you would not have his configuration.

If we generalize this question slightly, I would like to ask
why it should not be possible for me to get an exact copy of
your system through the apt-get mechanism.  Of course you can
send me your package list, and I can install all the packages,
but I think we all agree that my system will differ from yours 
significantly---despite the identity of packages---because of 
differences in configuration.

What needs to be done to enable me to make an identical copy,
modulo differences in hardware, via apt-get?


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