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Re: For those who care about their packages in Ubuntu

Scripsit Matthew Palmer <mpalmer@debian.org>
> On Tue, Jan 31, 2006 at 01:01:32PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:

>> Which other derivative doesn't? At least for GPL code, making
>> available the changes one makes is a legal requirement (assuming that
>> one wants to distribute binaries).

> A number of derivatives don't make binaries publically available, or they
> don't have reasonably obvious places to go to get the binaries and/or
> source.

I grant that this is a possibility. I guess I just don't see a
derivative that doesn't even make binaries publically available,
as something significant enough for us to even care about.

> I certainly haven't seen a derivative put up a diff repository like
> Ubuntu has.  I know it's not a giant leap in terms of usability or
> the effort required to implement it,

I don't think that running a diff job makes any difference at all.
Diffing is a machine's job, and cpu cycles are cheap. If somebody
wants to claim that they make significant contributions beyond the
mere publication of their source code, those contributions should be
something of the man-hour variety rather than the cpu seconds one.

Henning Makholm   "And here we could talk about the Plato's Cave thing for a
                while---the Veg-O-Matic of metaphors---it slices! it dices!"

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