One Question about Lenny/64Studio 3.0, One Question About Debian Package Policy

  • Saturnyne
Posted: Thu, 12/31/2009 - 02:25
Here goes. Will the upcoming (albeit slowly) Lenny-based 64Studio support Creative X-Fi cards? For that matter, do any of the 64Studio 3.0 beta releases have X-Fi support? I have an Xtrememusic in my rig, partly because I needed a new card, but mostly because I needed a card with connectivity with the I/O module. Yes, I DO know that the current X-Fi Linux drivers don't support said I/O modules, but I'm hoping it's just a matter of time since the drivers went open source last year. As for Debian, what exactly is their policy on software? I'm under the impression it's something like this example: Debian release X is released along with the newest version of say, LMMS, which is 0.1.9. Meanwhile, work on Debian release Y is being done. Release X -never- gets any newer version of LMMS, so for its entire lifespan, it only gets 0.1.9. In the meantime, LMMS has gone up to 0.4.5. Release Y comes out, and includes LMMS 0.4.5. Wash, rinse, repeat. Am I under the right impression here?

Debian policy etc.

  • Tim
  • 05/22/07
  • Sat, 01/02/2010 - 14:31
I don't know about Creative X-Fi cards, My AOE is recyclable hardware. Most of the information you need is on the web somewhere. I do know a little about Debian and 64 Studio package policy. 1: The upcoming 64 Studio (3.0 beta) is (Ubuntu) Hardy based. 2: LMMS is a probably bad example. -- Once X has been released, it may get newer releases of if they fix security issues and still work (or can be backported to work) with whatever version of libc6, kernel, gcc etc that the underlying system is using. Release Y May well include a more recent version of , the most recent that will work with the versions of its dependencies included in release Y. There are various other criteria, chief one being compatibility with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. For more information have a look at these links: DFSG - http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines Debian Policy http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/index.html#contents Why is not in testing? - http://bjorn.haxx.se/debian/testing.pl Debian typically is a bit slow on the uptake, so 'stable' is about as fresh as your Grandparents' marriage. It's useful for servers and production systems. For this reason any stable release of the OS is unlikely to include the absolute latest version of anything. Most personal desktop users run testing or unstable. If it breaks you get to keep the pieces. 64 Studio is currently tracking the latest Long Term Support release of Ubuntu, to provide a stable base. We then 'backport' more recent versions of essential multimedia applications, so we can have decently recent versions of audio and video software to play with. We can do this because 64 Studio has a more relaxed Software Policy than Debian and also has different priorities - we're not attempting to be all things to all users. Hope that helps cheers, tim /|\