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Re: Debian derivatives and the Maintainer: field (again)

On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 07:23:41PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> > The DCCA distribution is a mixture of packages from Sarge plus some
> > backports. In all cases, the Maintainer: field appears to be the same as
> > in Debian. Several derived distributions (gnuLinEx, Knoppix, Mepis,
> > Linspire, Progency, Sun-Wah, UserLinux (ha ha ha) and Xandros) are
> > supposed to be using these packages in an unmodified form, as I
> > understand it.
> Have they modified these packages?

Some of them, yes. Mostly the backports.

> What do they do about version numbering of recompilations?  (Do they
> recompile?)

They have to recompile the backports, at least. I haven't checked the 
MD5s of the binaries, but that's easy enough to do.

> Do they modify the packages at all?

As stated, in some cases yes.
Matthew Garrett | mjg59@srcf.ucam.org

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