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[edit] Debian Packaging (For Sysadmins)

Date: November 12, 2007, at 3:30 PM
Presenters: Benjamin Mako Hill (mako)
Location: 56-114
Abstract: The Debian package system controls every aspect of the installation and configuration of software on Debian, Ubuntu, and other systems. For sysadmins' local software and patches it's an upgrade-friendly alternative to manual installation, for anyone writing free software it's the gateway to easy availability to (many) users, and for anyone curious how their Debian or Ubuntu box decides to do what it does it's a prerequisite to investigation. This hands-on cluedump will describe the key components of a package and the major tools for manipulating them, poke around a representative example from the repository, and build a minimal package from scratch.
Bio: Benjamin Mako Hill is a technology and intellectual property researcher, activist, and consultant. He is currently a Senior Researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and an adviser and contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. He has been an leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He is the author of several best-selling technical books including The Debian 3.X Bible and The Official Ubuntu Book, and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab.
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