Debian Etch and Ubuntu Feisty: a comparison
Posted Aug 12, 2009 7:25 UTC (Wed) by mbanck
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Ideally what should happen is that Ubuntu and Debian remain compatible enough that they can share the same repositories.
Remember that Ubuntu is only based on Debian (unstable, by the way) on the source-package level. They rebuild revery package against their own toolchain, which in general makes it unsuitable to be installed on a Debian system (and vice-versa).
Now that library dependencies are more fine-grained on the symbol level via dpkg-gensymbols, it might get easier to share binary packages (e.g. most C programs do not use features of glibc-2.8 or above, and will now only declare a Depends on, say, glibc-2.3.6), but that will have to be seen.
Probably another factor in wasted possibilities for collaboration was Launchpad: from the outside, it looked like Ubuntu developers (at least those employed by Canonical) were suggested to use Launchpad for things like packaging. On the other hand, Debian Developers could rarely be convinced to use Launchpad due to its non-freeness. Maybe this will change now as well, however there is still the somewhat incompatible choice of VCS (svn/git on the Debian side, bzr on the Ubuntu side).
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