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    Please read the back discussion (Score: 4)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 10 @ 22:34:39 BST

    Does nobody here read either debian-devel or debian-user? This was covered in huge, painful detail there. The fact that this was posted shows that there are a lot of people ignorant of what the LSB really did, and what it really means. (You wouldn’t have been if you’d caught the other discussions, or the LSB itself.)

    For starters:

    • The LSB has chosen RPMs as the recommended packaging for third-party apps which want to use packages.

    • The LSB does not require that the distribution use RPMs as the native package format. (See footnote 2.)

    • The LSB specifically requires that packages use a restricted subset of RPM functionality, so odds are that no distribution will use it as their native format.

    • This restricted format was chosen so that all could support it, even Debian using alien.

    • Yes, the LSB folks (which included Debian developers) intended Debian to use alien to support these packages. Since it’s a restricted subset of RPM, and since LSB packages may only depend on certain things in the host environment, it is expected that alien can be modified to install these without any problems at all.

    • Who said Debian was closer to LSB compliancy than RH? It’s not, probably. See recent discussion for details, on things which have vocal opponents (uid requirements, initlevel meanings, etc.).

    • We will not have to drop DEBs.

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