August 11, 2009, 7:00 am
Anthony Towns has posted an interesting comparison of the packages found in the Ubuntu "Feisty" release and the Debian "Etch" release that Feisty was loosely based on. It turns out that 6874 packages have the exact same source, while 2273 appear only in Ubuntu. There are 31 security updates to Etch that Ubuntu didn't get, but none in the core part of the distribution. Anthony concludes: "In any event, seems like there's more room for collaboration there at first glance..."