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    Dpkg for Debian GNU/w32 released
    by netsnipe 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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