Subject: Re: Debian redefines itself
To: Martin Husemann <>
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List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/18/2007 16:34:02
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On Wed, 18 Apr 2007 23:20:55 +0200
Martin Husemann <> wrote:

> I think the original question was valid.
Thank you.

> The answer is hard, at this
> abstract level.
> Now back to the original question: if we compare NetBSD and pkgsrc to
> Linux and Debian - what is the difference?
From my point of view Debian packages are inferior to pkgsrc. Some
packagers push as dependencies all they want, not what _I_ want.
Example: I do not use printer, but all CUPS and other apps are being
set to download if a maintainer decide I "need" them (without checking
if I really need them).

> If we ignore the
> installation, maybe compilation, and setup phase: there is not a lot.

That's why I focused on the points you "ignored". ;-)

> Actually, given this reasoning, Debian should just give in and tell
> all their users to convert to NetBSD ;-}

Good point. ;-) But could it be done without addressing the issues I
focused on? :-)

Kind regards,

Przemysław (p2o2) Pawełczyk <>
The LearN@BSD Project:

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