This page collects all arguments for and against keeping the *.deb package format in MeeGo.
If you want to voice your opinion on this Idea, you can vote at Brainstorm.
The aim is at least to keep the *.deb package format in the MeeGo distributions aiming at Nokia Phones/ Handhelds. Although using the .deb format throughout the MeeGo project is desirable, not all arguments here apply to the same extent looking at the whole project.
 Why Switch MeeGo To DEB (switching Moblin to DEB)
- No porting for Maemo packages needed
- Maemo has the bigger community 
- allows syncing from Debian/ Ubuntu
- DEB has wider adoptation than RPM 
- not to throw away experience gained with maemo which is reflected in the packaging
- better package management and error correction with DEB tools. (dpkg, apt-get, aptitude, deborphan, debsums, the base DEB framework including pre/post scripts, conflict resolution, dependency management and such)
 comparing numbers from distrowatch (Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/etc + Debian against OpenSUSE + Fedora + RedHat + Mandriva)
 Why Keep MeeGo As RPM (switching Maemo to RPM)
- No porting for Moblin packages needed
- Moblin build infrastructure has more capabilities already in place, such as imaging.
 Common Advantages of DEB and RPM
- Tools for verifying (e.g. lintian and rpmlink) are available and can be used to check for a package quality.
- both RPM and DEB are LSB compilant as technically there is no dictated package format, only that RPM must be supported when installing
 Alternative Solution
- Keep a Debian base system, and provide third-party applications in an LSB package formet (which is RPM inside). LSB-compliant RPM should install flawlessly, and that way the frontier between system packages (DEB) and third-party applications (RPM) is well defined.
- Add the imaging feature to the Deb package.
- The Maemo on Debian project does not try to convince the official MeeGo to use some upstream but instead works on a distribution which integrates existing Maemo5 and future MeeGo components into a standard Debian distribution.
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