Ubuntu getting overbranded?

Micah J. Cowan micah at cowan.name
Tue Sep 26 00:22:04 UTC 2006

On Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 08:32:21PM +0800, Joel Bryan Juliano wrote:
> Ubuntu is getting really great, but it's also getting really overbranded,
> every package are named package-1.0-123ubuntu123, which is in other
> distribution have only -i386 suffix.

You seem to be somewhat confused. The above is not branding, it's
distinguishing. It translates as package-1.0, debian's patched version
123, ubuntu's patches (atop debian's) version 123. The "other
distributions" don't all have -i386: clearly in this case, debian has a
suffix of 123.

Again, it's not branding, it's bookkeeping. Many packages have no
"ubuntu" bit: those packages are either very ubuntu-specific (will
likely never appear in debian) or no Ubuntu developers have decided to
add to what Debian and upstream have already accomplished for that
particular package version.

Micah J. Cowan
Programmer, musician, typesetting enthusiast, gamer...

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