debain version

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Tue Jan 30 14:35:39 UTC 2007

On Monday 29 January 2007 22:24, Derek Broughton wrote:
> Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > On Monday 29 January 2007 17:53, Wade Smart wrote:
> >> 01292007 1651 GMT-6
> >>
> >> Im looking at installing a pano app called Hugin located at
> >>, and it says packages available
> >> for apt debain 1 or apt debain 2.
> >>
> >> Ubuntu is based on debain but which one do I choose: 1 or 2?
> >
> > Neither.  Ubuntu is not guaranteed to be binary compatible with Debian
> > (or any
> > version).  If you need to do this, get the source package and build it
> > yourself.
> ime, that's hardly ever an issue.  Grab the package (_don't_ add the
> repository to your sources.list) and "dpkg --install" it.
> Then "aptitude -f install".  If there are no errors, its fine, if there
> are, then you're going to have to uninstall it and either find an ubuntu
> package or compile from source.
> --

IME when it is an issue it tends to come up much later and in subtle ways.  
You are correct that this often (usually even) works just fine, but I'd 
rather invest a few minutes up front and have less downstream risk.  IMO, 
installing binaries from a different distro (or even from the different 
release of the same distro) is not a good practice.

Different people have different tolerances for different risks, so I'm not 
saying you can't do it that way, just that I wouldn't.

Scott K

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