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18 March 2011, 14:13

Platform created for exchange between Debian and Ubuntu

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It should be easier in future for patches to Debian-based Linux distributions to find their way back to the source, the Debian Project. This is the intention behind the establishment of Debian's Derivatives Exchange Project (DEX), as described by Ubuntu's technical director, Matt Zimmerman, in his blog.

The first move involves Ubuntu and its Ubuntu DEX team – this consists of a task force of Ubuntu and Debian developers. In the first instance, a series of old patches in the Debian distribution will be transferred, although it is unclear whether they are still relevant or not already included elsewhere and generally available. Then the latest patches will follow.

Zimmerman calls on the distributors of other Debian-based Linuxes to take part in the DEX project after the test run with Ubuntu. The potential is to involve a number of popular Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Xandros and Damn Small Linux (DSL) that have their roots in the Debian project, and also the likes of Kubuntu or Edubuntu that are derived from Ubuntu.

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