Why need Debian?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 24 17:03:48 UTC 2005

On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 02:07:11PM +0200, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> A few times I have statements in the ubuntu website that there can't
> be Ubuntu if there's no Debian. This statement seems to me like it's
> only relevant to Warty

No, it was very much still true for Hoary and Breezy, and will be for Dapper
as well.

>, but why should they continue taking debian sources, especially
>considering that Ubuntu's main is normally ahead of Debian's sid? Is it the
>avoidance of effort duplication or is a matter of maintaining compatibility

In the instances where Ubuntu main is ahead, it's because we start with
Debian as a base and then update specific packages to meet our goals, not
because we duplicate Debian's efforts (or are able to).

 - mdz

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