Hm. Well, I definitely want to be able to help out by packaging newer versions of stuff. I'm still just getting into compiling from source (have done it successfully perhaps a dozen times), but I know even that's better than a lot of people, and I one thing that seems to be asked for is up-to-date software on a stable install (which makes sense, since that's what most Windows users are used to, really).
That being said, there are a few things I'd like to know so that I can make sure I'm doing this .mint thing correctly. First, am I supposed to include some binaries within the .mint file before I compress it? Right now it looks like it's just a set of instructions to install from repositories (sorry if that's a poor understanding of the way it works). Obviously, the goal in packaging new files is to get stuff that's newer than is in the repositories.
Second, I'm running the 64-bit version of mint. Will that impact my ability to make good .mint files for people running the 32-bit version? (I'd be willing to switch if the answer is yes!) For example, when I run checkinstall, is it satisfactory to change the flag to i586 instead of amd 64? Or will it still be a 64-bit package and not run properly on a 32-bit processor even though it's labeled differently?
Thanks ahead of time!
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