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An Evolutionary Change to the Debian Source Package Format

Oct 08, 2007, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joey Hess)

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"Back around 1999, I was really interested in getting all of Debian imported into CVS (ugh!) so we could have all the benefits of pervasive version control. I've always been sad it didn't happen, especially since ubuntu did it. Although they seem to get less benefits from it than I would have thought at the time, go figure.

"I actually feel though that the model Debian has developed with alioth and now with VCS-fields, in which packages use version control, and debian integrates support for it without mandating it, or mandating which version control system is used, is has better legs than ubuntu's model. Ubuntu's model potentially leaves you where freebsd is now, nursing a cvs equivilant along as the world has moved on..."

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