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Re: Debian built from non-Debian sources




alexey.salmin@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>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.

Comparing my work here to proprietary software is *massively*
insulting and demotivating. Thanks *so* much for that. It really
helps.

For the record, all the changes I'm talking about go into public git
with all of the configuration and scripting that we use on our image
building machine.

-- 
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@xxxxxxxxxx
"You can't barbecue lettuce!" -- Ellie Crane