What's the weather like in Debian?
One of the cool things developed during EDOS (now Mancoosi) has been
Using it it is possible to check (incredibly quickly) whether some
package in a given distribution cannot be installed according to
its dependencies. When there are such packages it usually means
that the distro is buggy s it is shipping uninstallable packages
(there are some corner cases, but they are rare).
edos-debcheck has been run daily (as a
service maintained by Ralf) on
Debian's main suites and some derivatives for years now. The
resulting list of
uninstallable packages is linked from http://edos.debian.net and is being
used by the QA team; I've no idea if it is being used by the
Release Managers too, but it probably should be.
A cool toy built on top of
edos-debcheck was the
(part of a more generic service called Anla, I'll blog about it
sooner or later ...). Debian weather basically used to present the
status of a given Debian-based distro in term of how many
uninstallable packages were shipped using the weather metaphor: the
fewer the uninstallable packages, the better the weather. I wrote
"used to" because Anla was stopped about 1 year ago, and is being
re-engineered these days.