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    Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released
    Posted on Sunday, December 02 @ 11:30:41 GMT

    In August of 2001, we reported on the conception
    of the Debian GNU/w32 port as proposed by
    A Mennucc in this thread
    on debian-devel. The project is beginning to gain momentum with Mark Paulus of the
    Debian GNU/w32
    project announcing last week of his sucess in building dpkg under a Cygwin environment. Base system
    packages are not yet ready. However, their functionality is currently being
    replicated by Cygwin's own ported GNU tools.

    Before any flaming about the usefulness and viability of the port
    begins, I'd like to divert your attention to Robert Milan's post
    on Debian-devel where he points out that there are no licensing,
    DFSG-compliance or policy problems with the port since w32 packages
    don't necessarily depend on a non-free platform. He elaborates that Wine, ReactOS, as well as Cygwin are all
    free implementations of the Win32 platform as opposed to Microsoft's
    non-free ones. Once Debian GNU/w32 becomes more established will
    become of much convenience to developers working on multi-platform

    Paulus hopes that his project "will help spread Debian into the large
    mass of those windows users ...and yet, by using Debian GNU/w32, they
    will start appreciate the usefulness and power of the Debian
    distribution of Open Source software... and completely switch to a
    full Open Source operating system." His goals are very similar to
    those of the Fink project
    which uses Debian's dpkg and apt-get to "modify Unix software so that
    it compiles and runs on Mac OS X ("port" it) and make it available for
    download as a coherent distribution."

    The project's mailing list is for those wishing to join in
    the effort.

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  • "Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released" | Login/Create Account | 10 comments

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: -1, Troll)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, December 02 @ 12:33:04 GMT


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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: -1, Troll)
    by Anonymous on Monday, December 03 @ 00:04:01 GMT

    i agree!!! windows sux ass man!

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, December 02 @ 16:58:05 GMT

    This is very cool. I have both a windows and linux and found cygwin allows me not to use samba because you have scp 🙂 Also you can setup sshd with cygwin so you can ssh into your windows box.

    The cool part about this is that you can keep all your windows ports up to date with debian. Great idea guys for all of stuck with a windows box 🙂

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: -1, Offtopic)
    by Anonymous on Monday, December 03 @ 02:29:23 GMT

    How did you set up sshd?

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, December 03 @ 15:03:24 GMT


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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, December 03 @ 02:31:00 GMT

    This is a great idea!! I am a unix administrator and I know a lot of old-school unix guys that are stuck with windows for their desktop because of corporate ignorance. But now they can apt-get pdksh or what ever and they will be introduced to the Debian system.

    Way to go!!

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 1)
    by bartvh (what you want) on Monday, December 03 @ 12:48:15 GMT
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    But of course, often corporate policy does not allow local installation of software by end users...

    But still, the installation of cygwin as it is now is terrible IMHO, so this effort is highly appreciated!

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 1)
    by bartman77 on Monday, December 03 @ 16:41:10 GMT
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    I think, the original Cygwin-Setup tool is a realy cool tool. It incooperates almost all functionality, that dpkg and friends have.

    The mirror selection Dialog is even older than the debian one;-)

    But, well, it's a GUI-tool, and so not scriptable in any way. Cool work dudes, and sb. produce X11-packages fitting in both solutions, The is not realy what one wants...

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: -1, Flamebait)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 04 @ 21:16:08 GMT

    Any free software i wanted to use on windows was already ported it to it, so i just installed it normally.

    I'm not sure why debian developers are in such a hurry to make distros of every single kernel in existance.

    I mean come on, if they where releasing a new gnu/linux release every 6 months or something, fine branch out, but i mean come on potato is how ancient now, and instead they work on this?

    oh well, i suppose a couple people will find it useful.

    I don't see it converting anyone though. If you can get all the linux apps on windows and use all the windows apps natively why switch? (Here's where i get modded down) Windows XP is stable enough for a desktop, i don't see anyone switching becuase of stability. I mean what does 200 day uptime do for someone who shuts their workstation off every night when they go home? I think any non-linux user who uses this would not be any more likely to go to linux.

    And on the server side, well something like this isn't gonna change anybodies opinion either way...

    But i mean sure some people will find it nifty, if you got spare time and skills and can't come up with anything better to work, i suppose this project can't hurt any. But it's not like it's gonna make a big difference.

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    Re: Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released (Score: 2, Insighful)
    by Integral on Tuesday, December 04 @ 22:13:23 GMT
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    I'm not sure why debian developers are in such a hurry to make distros of every single kernel in existance.

    I'm not aware that more than one or two Debian developers are working on this.

    Anyway, my feeling is that the target audience is not Windows users, but Debian users -- if you have to use Windows for some reason, it's nice to be able to have access to a familiar environment.


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