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Re: Debian built from non-Debian sources

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 2:09 AM, Steve McIntyre <steve@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Making images often requires tweaks to the build script at/near
> release time. The archive continues to be a moving target until very
> close to that time. More than once we've fixed things or added
> workarounds in the image generation scripts *on release day*. I'm not
> going to remove the ability to do that and make working images to
> pander to your ideals here.

This is very understandable. The thing is however, exact same
arguments can be applied to justify e.g. usage of proprietary software
to produce Debian images. In both cases tools used to reproduce an
image are not available to the community and it doesn't make much
difference whether these tools are completely unavailable or just
incorporate some non-public patches and tweaks. This is where people
get worried.