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Re: Derived distributions and the Maintainer: field

On Thu, May 05, 2005 at 05:54:01PM -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> 1. Most of the source packages in Ubuntu are inherited from Debian
>    unchanged (example: tetex-base).
> 2. Some source packages in Ubuntu are modified relative to Debian.  These
>    are assigned a version number of the form
>    "<Debian version number>ubuntu<ubuntu revision number>".  Of those which
>    are modified, in most cases the modifications are trivial, such as a
>    library transition, Python transition or other dependency change
> 3. A small number of packages are created specifically for Ubuntu.  These
>    are assigned standard version numbers.  Of those, some have already been
>    adopted by Debian (example: pmount), some are expected to be adopted by
>    Debian at some point in the future (example: xorg), and some are not
>    expected to be used in a Debian context (example: ubuntu-artwork).
> Currently, only packages in category "3" are assigned a Maintainer field
> by Ubuntu.  The question has been raised about what should be done about
> packages in categories "1" and "2".

Actually a good first step would to be able to differentiate automatically
between packages in categories "1" and "3". AFAICT this isn't currently
possible (category "2" can be detected by the version number). This
would enable front-ends (like packages.ubuntu.com) to change the displayed
information depdending on a package's categorization.

Perhaps add a "Origin: ubuntu" or something similar for categorie "3"
in Sources files?

Frank Lichtenheld <djpig@debian.org>
www: http://www.djpig.de/

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