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Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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Reported on: 2005-06-25

In chapter 9. Creating Debian packages on page 437:

Chapter 9.2.1 discusses the structure of Debian source packages. Following the release of Debian sarge, a new package format will replace the current one. The new format, dubbed "Wig and Pen" (version 2.0) is fully compatible with the current format (1.0), but adds the ability for multiple tarballs to encapsulate different aspects of the package (feature branches). In particular, it is now possible to distribute the Debian-specific files in a separate tarball rather than encapsulating them in a patch.

More information about the new source package format may be found on the dpkg.org website.

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Mark Gibbs, Network World (28 Nov 2005): This book is unusual in that it is much more than a technical discussion - it delves into the philosophy of the system, explains how someone becomes a recognized Debian developer and details the way that Debian is licensed. That's not to say the book doesn't get technical. It provides a very well-written, soup-to-nuts explanation of how Debian is organized; how to install, configure and modify the system; and how to administer and secure it. Excellent and highly recommended.

 
 

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