Being hosted in the official ubuntu repository??

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Being hosted in the official ubuntu repository??

Postby vincenzo_ciancia on Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:08 am

Hi all. I have a simple question: was it ever considered to have all mint additions as separate packages installable on a default ubuntu? And if so, why not try to be hosted on ubuntu official repositories - except for questionable packages, that you could host on your mint download server as a separate repository. This way one could switch between mint and ubuntu, just like one can switch between ubuntu and kubuntu. Of course there would be a special package adding the mint sources.list but that's easy since we have sources.list.d.
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Postby clem on Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:54 am

Although Ubuntu and Mint are not the same distribution, they're compatible. This means Mint can use all Ubuntu packages and Ubuntu can use all Mint packages. Of course all mint additions are not in the form of a package so you can't upgrade from Ubuntu to Mint. However Ubuntu users can install mint applications and packages like mintDisk for instance on their system and it should work just fine.

We're taking Ubuntu as a base to make a great yet different distribution. If Ubuntu think our innovations can make their distribution better, then we'd be glad to help and see them packaged by default in Ubuntu repos.

There has been a lot of bad feelings between Debian and Ubuntu users and a lot of people didn't see the opportunity for both distributions to learn and benefit from each others. We are taking advantage of Ubuntu a lot and we do hope Ubuntu will in return take advantage of the work we're doing to improve their distributions.

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Postby vincenzo_ciancia on Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:10 am

Of course. What I mean is that perhaps, if you package all the modifications as .deb archives, maybe finding a way to install just the modifications, you could try to ask to be hosted in the ubuntu repository, as a maintainer of your own packages, like kubuntu, xubuntu and edubuntu did. It is you who decide where to be hosted, and expecially because mint and ubuntu are completely compatible, it would be great in my opinion if mint was a flavour of ubuntu rather than a completely separate distribution.

In any case this is just a curiosity, I am more likely a perspective mint developer than a perspective ubuntu developer at the moment, and OTOH if mint is independent from ubuntu you can make quick choices without having to pass any burocracy :)
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Postby clem on Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:15 am

Well it is one our key strengh.. we can collect feedback on a product, make a decision and release a new version of that product in a matter of hours. This is thanks to the fact that we are 100% independent in the choices we make. Of course I understand what you say and there is pros and cons to being a flavor of Ubuntu rather than a separate distribution.

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