"That Debian patches are all mashed up together is not true in general."
Even if the patches are separated, they are _distributed_ mashed together with a bunch of
other files in a compressed diff. That raises the barrier to finding out what's in a Debian
package. Compare that to figuring out what's happening in a RH/Fedora package:
FWIW, I think patches.ubuntu.com is a vast improvement over a diff.gz, even with the nearly