"It's an Ubuntu World"
dingo at coco2.arach.net.au
Wed Jan 25 01:49:15 GMT 2006
Old Rocker wrote:
> Careful here. Ubuntu is BASED on Debian but it is moving away from the
> concept that Debian or Debian-based distros should work with any
> package in each of the relevant Debian repositories. Indeed, the
> Ubuntu repositories hold software that is meant to be used with the
> Ubuntu core alone. Other packages from the Debian repositories MAY
> work with Ubuntu, but they are not guaranteed to do so. Even the
> software downloaded by Automatix which is meant to work with Ubuntu is
> not recommended by the Ubuntu developers as the software may break the
From day one (I used pre Warty), Ubuntu has had its own repositories,
and as far as I can recall, no guarantees regarding compatibility with
At the time, Sarge (then testing) and Ubuntu were in fact very similar
and may did intermix packages.
A lot of the developers here are also Debian Developers: as far as I
know changes made for Ubuntu are offered back to Debian.
> Ubuntu works well, but it is slowly moving away from the concept of
> being a different installer for Debian software; it certainly has its
> own repositories that hold software that cannot be run on other
> Debian-like distros. It has within it the dangers of a fork with
> duplication of effort that is only to the detriment of the whole Debian
> The Debian installer has been a joke for some time, and although better
Which Debian Installer?
Have you installed Sarge?
> now, it has caused several other Debian-based distros (amongst them
> Libranet, MEPIS, and Knoppix) to produce a different core, a recompiled
> kernel, and so on. But as far as possible those distros are true to
> the concept of using pure Debian packages. Ubuntu has been different
> from the beginning.
Knoppix uses a lot of SID, but there's also a signficant amount from
outside Debian including, when last I looked, the hardware detection.
>>Ubuntu is also easily customizable, allowing you to completely change
>>the look of the Gnome desktop in just a few clicks.
> So is Libranet, and MEPIS uses KDE and it can do that as well. Most
> Linux distros do that, so I am not sure what point is being made here.
One of Ubuntu's goals is to be easy to rebrand. That is not so of some
other distros, particularly the major ones.
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