Freshmeat: Lessons in Packaging Linux Applications
Sep 23, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This article records our experiences with packaging an
application for many distributions and shows areas in which
packagers, Linux distributions, and developers can improve
coordination for better and easier distribution. We look at
communication problems, packaging errors, package dependencies,
menu entries, and bug tracking systems.
"For Free Software, more users means more potential developers.
With tvtime, we made an effort to ensure high quality packages for
all major Linux distributions. This article describes some of our
findings when packaging for ALT Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Gentoo
Linux, Mandrake Linux, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, and SuSE