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Debian World Domination Plan

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the subtle dept.

Debian 547

An anonymous reader writes "Guillem Jover announced his plans to take over the non-Debian world and released a tool which converts in runtime any distribution to Debian. It does not convert in the sense of mapping all previous installed packages to the Debian counterparts, but installs a base system or tarball and cleans traces from the previous distribution."

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asdasdasd (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972410)

woo woo

The Debian Virus (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972427)

Well, I for one *welcome* our new Debian overlords!

Re:The Debian Virus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972447)

I knew it! Post number two, and the predictable has happened. But for once, it's actually topical AND funny :D

Re:The Debian Virus (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972498)

How about

In Soviet Russia You Overwrite Debian

hmm, needs some work

You will serve us! (5, Funny)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972430)

Red Hat is irrelevant... Mandrake is irrelevant... RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

MOD parent up...this is a riot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972612)

beautifully done

Version 2.0... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972431)

... will upgrade Windows XP to Debian 4.0.

Re:Version 2.0... (1)

Dionysus (12737) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972593)

GNU/Debian 4.0? Windows XP is going to be ancient by then, and Windows NG (2019) will be out by then.

Re:Version 2.0... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972627)

OTOH you'll still be gay

Re:Version 2.0... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972631)

Windows NG, thats the version that has Longhorn as its working name, isn't it?

Re:Version 2.0... (1)

wed128 (722152) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972681)

Windows NG...for Not good?

Bruce Perens sucks (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972434)

and so does Debian.

dupe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972435)

HFD

Stupid. (1, Troll)

Krapangor (533950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972444)

Instead of dominating other distributions they should focus on something useful like dominating the desktop. And it would help if the Debian project drops their snotty attitude versus KDE.

Re:Stupid. (4, Informative)

pugdk (697845) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972471)

UHM... correct me if I'm wrong, but I think KDE works pretty well in Debian/unstable? I fail to see your point.

-pug

Re:Stupid. (0, Flamebait)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972489)

Instead of dropping their attitudes why can't they just drop dead? Use Gentoo instead.

Debian is all about non-choice. Gentoo is about choice. You do support choice right?

Tom

Re:Stupid. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972561)

Too bad your parents weren't pro choice.

Re:Stupid. (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972606)

I go by the theory that I'm not really here. No way a logical rule based universe could exist where morons like you who use AC as a shield of sorts think yourself as people of conviction.

Now go get yourself an 8 digit account number and post like the real playahs. Aight?

Tom

Re:Stupid. (0, Flamebait)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972582)

You do support choice right?
Not everyone is pro-choice. Just look at people like the Right Wing Conservatives, Microsoft, People Against Abortions, Ashcroft etc.

*dons asbestos suit*

Re:Stupid. (1)

Theolojin (102108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972632)

Debian is all about non-choice. Gentoo is about choice. You do support choice right?

um...debian officially supports *eleven* architectures. if foo runs on x86, it will also run on ppc, mips, s390, etc. how many architectures does gentoo (or mandrake or fedora or suse or ...) support? oh. gentoo does not support eleven architectures. feh. some choice, eh?

Re:Stupid. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972652)

Eleven architectures you say? Wow, that's really impressive. [netbsd.org]

Re:Stupid. (1)

joestar (225875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972643)

Mandrake is really about choice.

Re:Stupid. (1)

jvervloet (532924) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972662)

Gentoo is about choice.

Shouldn't that be Microsoft [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Stupid. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972508)

You make it sound like Debian is a single entity with a single mind. Last I checked there was no official statement about KDE, just a bunch of people who were tired of upstream not using sane packaging policies.

FWIW, I think most of that's over now - I think KDE's even in a releasable state. New people took over when the old maintainer gave up in disgust.

Re:Stupid. (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972532)

yeah, they should abandon their mission statement and drop all that unencumbered bullshit

World Domination Today (0)

atherton2 (728611) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972446)

Debian will rule the world. MuHaHaHa..........

weird (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972448)

Five minutes ago I started to look around for a tool that would do exactly this. Then it appeared on Slashdot...

spooky

I wonder what would happen... (3, Funny)

bahamat (187909) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972450)

if this were run on an existing Debian system. Hmmm...

Nothing! (5, Informative)

leo_llew (697711) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972475)

From the code:

[...]
if [ -e /etc/debian_version ]
then
if [ "$DISTRO" = unknown ]; then
error 1 "You already have a Debian system"

[...]

Re:I wonder what would happen... (2, Informative)

DerPflanz (525793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972499)

If you read the script, you'll notice that it will detect that and will bail out with an error message:

if [ -e /etc/debian_version ]
then
if [ "$DISTRO" = unknown ]; then
error 1 "You already have a Debian system"
else
warning "You have a mixed system, trying to continue"
DISTRO_MIXED=yes
fi
fi

Re:I wonder what would happen... (1)

smoking2000 (611012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972507)

Automatic reinstall, I think.

Or it might install UNIXWare ;)

Send a CD to SCO (5, Funny)

MountainMan101 (714389) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972454)

Someone's bound to install it! Resistance is futile.....

Debian... (-1, Troll)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972455)

sucks goat cheese.

Use Gentoo, Use A Real Mans Distro. You are a real man right?

Tom

Re:Debian... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972500)

Fuck off luserboy. Weren't you the one "publishing" in MS Word before you found \LaTeX? Or are you still printing from Word to a ps-driver?

Don't answer that.

Re:Debian... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972572)

When I was using Word I was 16, in grade ten computer science and wasn't exposed to TeX yet. What is your excuse?

Anon Coward... most likely "Anon Short Penis Coward"

Tom

Hate this kind of atitude (3, Insightful)

DFAoBolinho (736714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972562)

I really hate this kind of atitude.. I use GNU/Linux for many years now and used from Red Hat to Mandrake, from Slackware to Conectiva and now I focus more on Debian and Kurumin - and I have always faced this kind of atitude of "slack is for real men, the others are for sissy" or "use Gentoo or continue to lame". That is just plain and simple BULLSHIT!! (sorry for the cursing, but I think it's the only word that really fits into this case). There are numerous distribuitions with all kinds of package control systems, configurations and config-tools, diferent aplications, packages, and so on and so forth. The thing is, in my humble opition, there isn't anything like "a lamer linux" and a "hacker linux". GNU/Linux is simply GNU/Linux - and I have and always had the opinion that the person makes the system, not the way around. (thou many like to use Slack because it is "l33t" - go figure!) So, my final note is: Everyone has diferent tastes and needs, and has it's own way he likes to use his own computer so there isn't anything like "Mandrake rox and Debian sux" - just that for some people Mandrake is better, and for others Debian is the best choise (and so forth)!!! GNU/Linux is, after all, all about choise - so why curse and bring down others that choose diferent from us??

Re:Hate this kind of atitude (-1, Troll)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972634)

Dude, um learn to use paragraphs. Like this.

See.

New.

Paragraph.

Also, I was joking. Calm down. While I still prefer Gentoo [hint: it's better for development and it's more configurable] I really don't think Debian is "evil".

Tom

Re:Hate this kind of atitude (1)

DFAoBolinho (736714) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972673)

Kidding or not - it is not a really nice atitude. And also it encorages others that aren't kidding.

Configuration? (4, Interesting)

SmilingBoy (686281) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972456)

It should preserve user data and backups of old system configuration, though. The new system is a clean Debian system, it's not a chroot, and no traces from the old distro should keep around, but backups.
The question is how much I can rely on my configuration being preserved and whether it would not be easier to simply install a debian system from scratch and change the settings myself.

Re:Configuration? (1)

billnapier (33763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972510)

Did you read the article? It doesn't try and install the same programs you had before. It just installs the base Debian system and preserves (as opposed to deleting) you configuration files. So you are still going to have to change the settings yourself.

Re:Configuration? (1)

SmilingBoy (686281) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972555)

Yes, I read the article.
It will backup some important data like /etc, and will not touch some other like /home.
So it does backup important configuration. But if it doesn't use these configuration files, what's the point of using this script?

So now (0)

j14ast (258285) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972554)

instead of writting a real installer well let you use what ever you want the just convert the configs almost deserves a muhahaha

intended for non-debian providers (4, Informative)

golan (570588) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972560)

IIRC It was originally intended to convert a redhat installation in a server where the provider would only install redhat.

Re:Configuration? (1)

Bob9113 (14996) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972573)

whether it would not be easier to simply install a debian system from scratch and change the settings myself.

For a local system doing the clean install is fairly straightforward. The place I see this having the most value (for me at least) is converting the ubiquitous RedHat virtual host to Debian. It can be done without a tool like this (see here [sourceforge.net] ), but it's a PITA (particularly if there's only two partitions - setting up the Debian migration install in the swap partition is a hassle).

Re:Configuration? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972597)

correction - "virtual host" should read "dedicated host". I think they would get mad if I tried this on a virtual host. :)

"Distributions" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972604)

Well, since each distribution contains different packages with different paths... this is not an easy task. Ideally, each distribution would use one way of doing things. The init scripts and network configuration would be done in a standard way that any "Linux" tool could change easily. If you want to use deb packages on redhat or rpm on debian, it is just a matter of installing the respective package manager on each. A "best practices" documentation on how exactly a Linux distribution should work wouldn't be a bad idea. In a perfect world, changing from redhat to debian would involve simply installing the debian package manager, which would detect which files/versions are there and update them with debian packages.

Re:Configuration? (0)

TheSonicVince (591769) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972628)

It would definitely NOT be easier. Debian might be rock-solid stable and all, but it's a real pain in the ass to install it, configure it, and have it doing what you want. I'm currently struggling with my home box, and it's a tough struggle.
Nothing works except my LAN card. Can't get X to run, can't get that damn thing understand that my video card is an AGP.
I tried kernel 2.6.0 compilation. At first I succeeded in compiling and booting it. But still no X nor AGP. Worse, when booting 2.6.0, no more network card.
Recently I started all over again, a new install from scratch, installing using the Internet installation in unstable flavour, so I hoped to get the most recent and usable things to make my hardware actually work.
When it was installed, I did that apt-get upgrade thing, then the apt-get dist-upgrade too. It took hours. After that I wanted to retry the kernel-2.6.0 compilation...But then BANG! for some weird reason that damn thing won't compile anymore. Well actually I don't know if it compiles: I can't even configure the kernel. A make menuconfig explodes, giving me error messages from the 4th dimension.
It's not that I have weird or unusual hardware. It's a sweet Asus A7N8X Deluxe for the MB, and a Nvidia GeForce GEFX5600 for the graphics. But still I don't know what to do. Browsing with Lynx is funny for a time, but not for long; I must reboot in Windows to try to find help on Internet. I found some articles talking about running Debian with the A7N8X, others talking about running Debian with the nVidia graphic cards with or without kernel 2.6.0, but what's explained in those is either incomplete or incorrect. It doesn't work, period.
I KNEW it would be hard, but not THAT big pain in the ass!

By the way, if someone could pull me off the moving sand...I guess the next step is getting back to that stinky SuSE 8.0 :-(

Wait a second... (1)

terraformer (617565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972457)

Does Guillem Jover translate to Bill Gates [balug.org] in some other language???

Now all we need is the Xbox version (2, Funny)

Catroaster (176308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972459)

That works without a modchip...

Re:Now all we need is the Xbox version (-1, Flamebait)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972556)

Hahaha, funny. You so insightful. You funny long time. 100%.

DIE STUPID DIE.

No, we don't need an Xbox version cuz the Xbox is for lame FPS games. What the world needs is less "+1,insightful" and "+1,interesting" morons like you at the helm of anything important.

Next you'll say how we need a Beowolf of Debians, then maybe something about how hot the Debian mascot is.

I say negative a bajillion for being un-original.

This my reply is 100% over.

Tom

Pathing the way (3, Insightful)

Itsik (191227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972460)

Finally something that would pave the way and help all those that are "stuck" with RedHat servers.

Re:Pathing the way (1)

Dilbert_ (17488) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972478)

Ah! So that is the 'real' agenda behind this tool... Interesting!

SCO (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972461)

We, SCO , would like to annouce today that we are licensing the rights to our Linux to the microsoft corporation. We thank you for your hardwork and support for making Linux what it is today...

Great timing (2, Insightful)

pyrotic (169450) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972466)

As Redhat have EOL'd support for their boxed sets at the end of December, they could have had a lot of converts. Now most of those people will have gone for RHAS or Fedora.

Moving to... (2, Interesting)

joestar (225875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972677)

It seems that people are moving to another Linux distribution if you can read between lines in the following statement:
http://www.mandrakesoft.com/company/press/pr?n=/pr /corporate/2446 [mandrakesoft.com]

Anyway, it's certainly not a surprise: my feeling is that Mandrake is the Linux distribution the most close to Debian in its spirit. It's more friendly and offers more new features though.

It's an installer! (3, Funny)

lokedhs (672255) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972467)

This is a way to bring a useful installer Debian.

Re:It's an installer! (4, Funny)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972521)

Debian kills small babies. Gentoo doesn't. You do like small babies right?

Tom

Re:It's an installer! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972587)

Gentoo sucks the brains out of their users. Proof? look at your posts.

Re:It's an installer! (0, Offtopic)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972656)

Who says I use Gentoo?

Like the rest of the /. crowd I write comments based on pure conjured brainfarts that come out of the wind. Why RTFA, why AHSFE and certainly why PSFTIYP?

Tom

Re:It's an installer! (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972685)

Can't stand the little cretins. I guess that means I may want to try the script on my Gentoo box, unless....
# emerge -s baby-killer
These are the packages that I would emerge, in order.

Calculating dependencies......... done!
[ebuild U] other-distros/Debian3.0_-_Woody to /
Well, I guess you are partially right. Debian is already in Gentoo for that specific purpose.

Pfft (-1, Flamebait)

Czernobog (588687) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972469)

Since when did Pinky and Brain got on the Debian board?

Maybe they should look at having a stable modern distro first, before farking the rest of the world's distros...

Re:Pfft (5, Informative)

hypnotik (11190) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972568)

Speaking as a debian user for many years:

They do have a stable, modern distribution. It's called "testing". The not-so modern "stable" distribution is a dream tho.. You could drive a 15 ton tank through it and it'd still stay up. I've been running it on server (in the wild) for more than 2 years now with nary a problem. It's easy to maintain and has everything I need no more than an apt-get away. No recompilation, no searching for dependencies.. unlike some other distributions I've used.

I wish everything was that easy.

Re:Pfft (1)

Rasta Prefect (250915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972680)

And it's not really that hard, if you read the Apt-Howto to maintain a mixed distribution - only upgrading those packages you need, while using stable for the rest.

Debian Upgrade Any System.sh (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972470)

#!/bin/sh
#debian upgrade script

echo "upgrading to debians uber-clean /etc"
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/etc/ bs=200kb

echo "installing apt"
PKG=`head -n 2 /dev/urandom`
echo "#!/bin/sh\necho sorry you must have package version $PKG installed" > /usr/sbin/apt-get
echo "upgraded"

Next Stage... (2, Funny)

Ironix (165274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972476)


The next stage will be to engineer anti-microsoft nano machines (one could call them a vaccine) that will systematically convert all MS computers into Debian computers.

If the user gets upset over the change, he too will be converted into a Finnish Linux geek.

Debian already (1)

CompWerks (684874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972480)

Dominates the world!

Signed,
Woody

Sounds more like vandalism to me... (5, Insightful)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972483)

It does not convert ... installed packages to the Debian counterparts, but installs a base system ... and cleans traces from the previous distribution."


Debian's a fine distribution, but I doubt many people would take kindly to having this tool applied to a system that has been configured and running for any amount of time. If it's just going to install a base system, I'll just install a NEW system with Debian.

Show me a tool that converts portage or rpm data and creates a working Debian equivalent and I'll be impressed.

This doesnt accomplish anything more than wiping and starting over...

Re:Sounds more like vandalism to me... (5, Insightful)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972588)

Point:

a) You wouldn't run this script unless you wanted it to. Your comment is like saying, of a crowbar, that "people who have been living in a house for so long wouldn't want this crowbar used to demolish their house" ... well no, thats true ... "unless they wanted to demolish their house".

b) Wiping and starting over, on a system that you've been running for a long time, doesn't help. Duh.

This script is useful if:

i) You have a running system, and don't want to change your system services setup (Apache config, for example), and
ii) You -want- to, for some reason, convert to using Debian packages and management tools on your system, without interrupting too many of your existing running services.

Yup, I can think of cases where I'd want to use this tool. I've got Server A which has stuff running on it, and I want to move to debians' pkg tools and libraries for managing the system... cool.

Re:Sounds more like vandalism to me... (1)

RichDice (7079) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972647)

Show me a tool that converts portage or rpm data and creates a working Debian equivalent and I'll be impressed.
What, you mean http://www.kitenet.net/programs/alien/ [kitenet.net] ?

Re:Sounds more like vandalism to me... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972669)

I completely agree with you, but you also have to keep in mind that a reinstall is not always an option. I can see this being very useful for people stuck with dedicated Redhat 6.x/7.x/9.x or co-location machines.

Remove the plank from thy own eye. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972486)

Before you offer to remove the mite from your brother's.

I had an hellascious time trying to get debian to install straight. I'd like to see them successfully supplant my gentoo system!

Can't detect and install apps? (4, Interesting)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972491)

Then as a migration tool it's pretty limited.

It would be fantasic to be able to hit a button, have something read the RPM database and automagically reinstall a APT based system (leaving /home and /data and /specified intact).

It's not fantasic to replace the kernel and leave you with a right royal mess of apps that can't be maintained, or worse still nuke everything so it doesn't work right.

This is a first step, which is cool, but it looks like it needs extending a bit to gain some practical application. Rather like the depenguinator (script to remove linux and install BSD) its a cool toy with little real application as of yet.

MS tool (2, Funny)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972493)

Microsoft has had this for years: it's called fdisk...

ALL YOUR LINUX BLONG TO US!!!! (0)

Wacky_Wookie (683151) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972495)

SHOOT US UP THE DEBIAN!!

Sorry, I had to say it....

*Sound od Karma burning*

Re:ALL YOUR LINUX BLONG TO US!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972660)

It might have been funny if you could spell "BELONG" and "OF"...

Fucking commie terrorists (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972497)

This "open source" is unamerican and helps terrorists so ought to be outlawed.

They call it an installer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972502)

Microsoft has had this for years. If you boot the XP CD a very similar tool will be run.

WORLD domination? (1)

virgo cluster (741002) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972505)

Debian world + non-Debian world = whole world? ...did I miss something?

This is IMMENSLY cool (1)

CaptainZapp (182233) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972514)

I'm a SuSE user since 1999 and really think it's a great desktop distribution.

For better or worse however SuSE is dumbing down the distribution to provide it with more mainstream appeal. Which is something I really don't care for. (Yes I know that you can manually edit configuration files, but still...)

So I started to give Debian a serious look and played around with it on the Linux partition of my Laptop.

Not really currently having the time and given the fact that a Debian installation is not that trivial I put that project on the backburner for now.

This script however will provide me with the ability to install convert SuSE to Debian; play and get to learn the more esoteric aspects (for a SuSE user that is) and finally probably set the systems up from scratch.

Quite appropriate timing I dare say.

virus/worm (-1, Redundant)

nempo (325296) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972516)

Why not make this a virus/worm while you are at it.

+5 funny ;)

Debian Installer (3, Insightful)

turgid (580780) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972522)

I tried Debian last year and got as far as the installer at which point it would let me proceed no further, despite my best efforts, patience, reading of effing manuals and trying different versions. This further confirmed my commitment to Slackware. If they spent time fixing their installer, they wouldn't need to write a tool to assimilate other boxes.

Re:Debian Installer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972646)

That's funny. I had never even touched a Linux box until some time this summer, but I still managed to install Debian without any troubles. Sure, it's not a fancy "click next to proceed" installer, but you don't need one. The Debian installer is efficient, it provides you with the necessary information and gives you the appropriate options.

hihihi (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972525)

Does it works with Knoppix distroes ?
If yes, I'd be glad to see how they otherwrite CDs :)

Interesting, but not much to see (5, Informative)

Sklivvz (167003) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972531)

Well, it's a simple 12KiB shell script, nothing much to see there. It's well written and it's a nice idea, though.
I would wait a couple releases before using it in a real environment though... hotswapping releases is a very tricky matter, and can screw up majorly your computer, expecially if it's done via a script.

Here it comes (4, Funny)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972535)

Great...just waiting for someone to start combining all of these OS/distro converters with a worm.

Welcome to the OS Wars of '04. You never know what you'll boot. Debian? BSD? Windows 3.11?

Oohhh... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972537)

Just a copy of the Depenguinator for BSD... Except this one is the Debianator? Bleh. If you really want to get rid of the old distro, and keep all of your important files back them up and do a fresh install.

Just my useless 2 cents.

Thank you god... (1, Funny)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972547)

Oh, thank you god. If this works, I can finally be rid of my system which can only be described as "Redhat 6.2... with an advanced slackware infestation."

Any tips? Can this handle the glibc upgrade without breaking all of my programs?

Colo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972549)

This document was created to help migrating a colo server. So it has been
used in the real world.


What is colo??

Re:Colo? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972658)

What is colo?

co-location i.e. a server running in your ISP's building with an excellent internet connection. Usually you'll only get physical access in extreme circumstances so you have to administer them entirely remotely.

Obligatory (5, Funny)

Durin_Deathless (668544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972551)

We are apt of borg. RPM is futile. You will be dpkg'ed.

New worm? (1, Funny)

miffo.swe (547642) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972553)

Now if only someone could write a nice worm targeting everything non linux we would have the world in our hands tomorrow!

Pinky!

I, for one... (2, Funny)

ndogg (158021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972571)

So, if I use this script, can I become one of the overlords?

Trend here... (1, Funny)

4lex (648184) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972583)

We have seeing easier and easier installs for distros like Mandrake, SuSE or RedHat/Fedora, live-CDs, now we are experiencing the rise of converter tools like this Debian Domination Tool and the Depenguinator (already covered in slashdot as upgrade methos to a dead OS ;)...

I think we are coming to a point where migrations between platforms, may they be windows->linux, linux->linux, linux->bsd or bsd->linux will become *really* seamless, and even some funny ideas like worm-spread of succesfull linux installations may become possible ;)

Google Cache (1, Informative)

nandhp (738857) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972603)

As the website seems to be down, here's a link to the Google cache [google.com]

Guillem Jover's father (1)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972611)

Didn't his father accuse chestnuts of being lazy?

Dubya (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972621)

For a second there, I thought it said 'Dubya World Domination Plan'.

Woody based world domination? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972626)

Sounds like a phallic pun to me!

Debian is sort of like Al-Quaeda Moslems (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7972657)

They both want to take the world back to the 12th Century.

And the point of this is....? (1)

Idaho (12907) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972678)

It does not convert in the sense of mapping all previous installed packages to the Debian counterparts [..]

This would be the only way this tool could be useful, but it's impossible.

[..] but installs a base system or tarball and cleans traces from the previous distribution."

I fail to see the difference between this and a fresh install (you have put your /home on a different partition anyway, right?)

However, I'll admit it's a nice practical joke :)

!Debian Linux is dying! (0)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7972679)


Another crippling bombshell his the !Debian Linux community today.. you know the rest..
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