Custom Debian Distributions

"This paper is intended for people who are interested in the philosophy of Custom Debian Distributions, and the technique that is used to manage those projects. It is explained in detail why these are not forks from Debian, but reside completely inside the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and which advantages can be enjoyed by taking this approach. The concept of meta-packages and user role based menus is explained. In short: This document describes why Custom Debian Distributions are important to the vitality and quality of Debian."

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