Should I add this Repo?

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Sun Oct 26 13:46:57 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-10-27 at 00:28 +1100, Karl Auer wrote:
> Binary compatibility between two platforms means that the exact same
> executable image (binary) will execute on both platforms.

To quote Shuttleworth from the link I gave: "First, "binary
compatibility" means different things to different people."

> Debian and Ubuntu ARE most definitely binary compatible with each other.
> If they were not, then NO Debian package would EVER work on Ubuntu.

To me, it means something different, namely that a Debian package is not
guaranteed to work correctly, work at all, or even install on Ubuntu.
IMHO it is flawed reasoning to declare that the fact that some packages
will usually work already defines binary compatibility.

> You meant what you wrote, but what you wrote wasn't what you meant :-)

It was. I don't know what more I can do if it doesn't convince you of
Shuttleworth himself clearly states that it isn't and that cases where
Debian packages work are up to chance.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list