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Debian Package of the Day 58

flok writes "The Debian project has started a new webpage: the 'Debian package of the day.' It does what it says — every day another package from the Debian repository is posted with an elaborate description and some nice screenshots. As Debian (and all the other distributions as well) contains way too many packages for it to be feasible to inspect all of them yourself, this is then a nice way of learning about all kinds interesting software packages."
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Debian Package of the Day

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  • by turbidostato ( 878842 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @01:13PM (#18308372)
    My "problem" with debian packages is not to find them (apt-cache makes quite a good job on it) but comparing "competing" packages, and I don't know about any resource on Debian on this.

    Just an example: I don't mind about an explanation on how good apt-cacher is (a Debian package to cache access to Debian repositories), but it would be much better a side-to-side comparation among apt-cacher, apt-proxy and squid on repository-caching functions so I can use it to make my opinion for my environment.
  • by stevey ( 64018 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @01:24PM (#18308460) Homepage

    The problem here is two-fold:

    • You need somebody to write the comparisons. Somebody either unbiased, or capable of overlooking that.
    • You need somewhere to host the writeup(s).

    The bigger problem is that very few people write documentation, and yet so many people seem to want it. I started some here [debian-adm...ration.org], and have been lucky enough to get a reasonable number of submissions from external people. But the fact remains if you wait for people to volunteer to write documentation .. well you'll be a long time waiting.

  • by 3seas ( 184403 ) on Sunday March 11, 2007 @02:04PM (#18308656) Homepage Journal
    And for something like this to really have a different package every day then in one years time it will have covered 365-1/4 (adverge over four years) packages.

    Certainly the pages are not just going to vanish. Perhaps the side effect is to create a wiki of debian packages.

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