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Re: upgrading ubuntu to debian

On 8/31/07, Rolando Pereira <finalyugi@sapo.pt> wrote:
> 应富鸣 wrote:
> > On 8/31/07, Britton Kerin <bkerin@fastmail.fm> wrote:
> >> I just bought a computer that came with ubuntu and would like to switch
> >> it to pure debian.  Is there a standard way to do this that someone
> >> could point me to?
> >>
> >> (Though I will say that little hack where the shell tells you which
> >>  package a program is in looks pretty cute and helpful :)
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Britton
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> > Ubuntu and Debian are not compatible.  Once someone wanted to use the
> > source of Debian to install packages in Ubuntu, but finally his Ubuntu
> > crashed.  Many people have done this and got the same result.
> >
> But aren't the deb files compatible between Debian and Ubuntu? For
> example, I remember installing several .deb on Debian, and then install
> them on Ubuntu, and they seemed to work fine on both system (at least,
> as far as I could tell).
> Also, some websites have in the description of the deb file "For use in
> Debian and Ubuntu" or "For Debian-based systems".
> My idea is that the problem isn't on the package itself, but on the
> dependencies (because I think some packages have different names, so it
> could create some conflicts).
> Or does that only apply to more "high-level" files and wouldn't work
> with the "low-level" packages (I don't really know if there is
> high-level and low-level packages...)

The names of .deb between Ubuntu and debian are of course different.
But the name of the packages, as far as I know, are the same.  After
all, upgrading Ubuntu to Debian using the source directly has the risk
of crash.  Maybe there are some methods that I don't know to avoid it.

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