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Re: extensive patching

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 11:26:01AM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Fri, 16 May 2008, Martin Uecker wrote:
> > Requiring distro specific changes feels wrong anyway. Software
> > should be coupled by standardized interfaces. But I might be naive
> > here. What are the distro specific changes we are talking about?
> It'd be great[0] if we never had to do distribution specific
> changes.[1] However, considering the amount of software which is not
> LSB compliant, FHS compliant, policy compliant, ships internal
> libraries, has upstreams who don't understand API and ABIs, has slow
> release cycles, has insane upstreams, or otherwise includes bugs which
> need to be fixed, that'll only rarely be the case for some very simple
> packages.

> 1: One could argue that if you can't come up with a relatively large
> list of distribution specific changes that need to be made yourself,
> you've not done the research to make useful suggestions for radically
> altering how Debian actually does development. Knowing the problem
> comes before the knowing answer.

Because LBS, FHS, APIs and ABIs, slow release cycles, insane
upstreams and bugs are Debian specific issues? I don't think so. 

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