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  • #16
    Originally posted by Serge View Post
    But do you guys really think Canonical will want to re-write that low in the stack? I mean, don't they already have their hands full?
    They have to. No matter what Canonical needs to write and maintain the Mesa patches necessary to run Mir. If Mesa doesn't include these upstream, which I doubt they will, then Ubuntu will need to create and maintain them. If they are doing that they may remove the Wayland-related components, or they may not. We don't know at this point whether Canonical intends to support Wayland or not.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Luke View Post
      And any *buntu such as Kubuntu finding themselves locked out of the graphics stack could put all of their own packages, plus alternative/renamed versions of Mesa and X or Wayland pulled from Debian into Universe. If that won't work, they could include the necessary Debian repo directly in their own /etc/apt/sources.list, operating as a mixed system. Debian will already be having to mantain a graphics stack independant of Ubuntu, why do this twice?
      That depends on whether the Debian one is recent enough. If Debian is frozen that may not be an option.

      Further, how much of Ubuntu do they need to replace with Debian before they are no longer a Ubuntu-based distro at all?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
        That depends on whether the Debian one is recent enough. If Debian is frozen that may not be an option.

        Further, how much of Ubuntu do they need to replace with Debian before they are no longer a Ubuntu-based distro at all?
        Well, that's rather like the Ship of Theseus paradox...

        If you take a shovel, and replace the handle, the shaft and the head, will it still be the same shovel? That's a question without an answer, because it depends on the viewpoint - if you consider this particular shovel to be the sum of its parts, then it ceases being the same shovel the moment you replace the first part. But if you consider the shovel to be the thing you use to dig holes, you could say that it never ceases being the same shovel, because no matter how many parts you replace, it will still be the "thing you use to dig holes".

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        • #19
          Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
          Further, how much of Ubuntu do they need to replace with Debian before they are no longer a Ubuntu-based distro at all?
          Alternatively, more than a half.

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          • #20
            Ubuntu is based on Debian unstable

            Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
            That depends on whether the Debian one is recent enough. If Debian is frozen that may not be an option.

            Further, how much of Ubuntu do they need to replace with Debian before they are no longer a Ubuntu-based distro at all?
            Ubuntu is based on Debian unstable as I recall. Has this been changd? As I recall, Debian testing is frozen sometime, but do they ever freeze unstable?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by dee. View Post
              If you take a shovel, and replace the handle, the shaft and the head, will it still be the same shovel? That's a question without an answer, because it depends on the viewpoint - if you consider this particular shovel to be the sum of its parts, then it ceases being the same shovel the moment you replace the first part. But if you consider the shovel to be the thing you use to dig holes, you could say that it never ceases being the same shovel, because no matter how many parts you replace, it will still be the "thing you use to dig holes".
              I don't think that really applies. The "purpose" is being a Linux distro. If it is changed to being 100% based off debian, it is still serving that purpose, but it would empirically false to call it a Ubuntu-based distro.

              I think a better analogy would be if you take a shovel of brand A, then replace the handle, shaft, and head with those made by brand B, would it still be a brand A shovel? At what point does it cease being a brand A shovel and start being a brand B shovel?

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