Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:11 UTC
Debian and its clones MEPIS, one of the more popular Debian-derived distributions, may be moving in a new direction soon. MEPIS founder Warren Woodford is considering building future MEPIS releases from Ubuntu sources rather than from Debian. SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3, which is scheduled for release today, has been quite a challenge to build, according to Woodford. "It's taking up all my time, fighting the Etch pool... We've had a lot of trouble, because the Debian community has become so active, it's been difficult to get this out, so I'm looking at alternatives to getting out stable releases."
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RE[2]: Reinventing the wheel
by leech on Sat 11th Feb 2006 12:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Reinventing the wheel"
leech
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2006-01-10

They do have weekly snapshots of Debian Testing (I think they have some for SID as well) http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/ Maybe if Mepis had just grabbed one of those, and ran with it for stabilizing, they woulndn't have to switch to Ubuntu.

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RE[3]: Reinventing the wheel
by cerbie on Sun 12th Feb 2006 06:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Reinventing the wheel"
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2006-01-02

Good observation. I wonder how much it differs in time it takes to get things working well?

That is, from time of getting the sources you're going to use to the time of release, is there an appreciable difference? As long as MEPIS has taken for the last version, they've lost having the latest-and-greatest of everything.

I'd love to see this sort of thing well worked out, because the combination of new work going in to unstable, and quality work in testing and stable, offer sets of packages only really rivaled by Gentoo, while also being easy to use.

If it were properly worked out, we might see more going back into Debian proper, because less time would be taken working kinks out (and now, both Ubuntu and MEPIS folks have noted that that is taking far more time than they'd like--MEPIS officially).

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