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Re: xcdroast does no longer work with wodim: Who to blame?

On Tue, 3 Mar 2009, Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:
> If Red Hat wants to pay someone to put up with it, that's their call; it's
> a lot easier to be polite in the face of an unending stream of personal
> abuse if you're getting a paycheck for doing it.

If Red Hat was to do this, then it would not be the only case of Red Hat 
having a package that Debian users desire.  From time to time I find a 
situation where a CentOS kernel works better than a Debian kernel, while I 
agree that it's ideal to try and get the problem in Debian fixed I also have 
a need to get machines working and sometimes can't invest the necessary 
amount of time.

There is the "alien" program to convert an RPM to a .deb.  Is there a way of 
also automatically tracking the upstream (Fedora or CentOS) version of the 
package and downloading a new version (with signature checks) when it becomes 

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