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1.1. Authorship and Copyright

This document is copyright (c) 2001 Peter Jay Salzman, . Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Open Software License (OSL), version 1.1. I hate HOWTO's that include the license; it's a tree killer. You can read the OSL at http://opensource.org/licenses/osl-1.1.txt.

If you want to create a derivative work or publish this HOWTO for commercial purposes, I'd appreciate it if you contact me first. This will give me a chance to give you the most recent version. I'd also appreciate either a copy of whatever it is you're doing or a spinach, garlic, mushroom, feta cheese and artichoke heart pizza.

1.2. Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the author of jigdo, Richard Atterer, simply for writing jigdo. Anyone who has obtained Debian ISOs by other means will know why. This HOWTO started out as some webpages I wrote about my experience with jigdo. Richard took the time to email me extensive corrections, clarifications and answers to questions I had about jigdo. Since then, he has read my work many times. Richard is a developer who not only cares about his work, but also about the people who use it. Sadly, this is becoming less common in this busy world we live in. Thanks, Richard!

I'd also like to thank Conrad Wood, Elcio Mello, Marcelo Ramos, Yufeng Wang, Tsukasa Yamaguchi, Yuri Kozlov, and Oguz Yarimtepe for translating this mini-HOWTO into languages other than English. I feel totally honored that they have found my words worthy of their time and effort. Thanks, guys!

Lastly, I'd like to thank Mark van Lent, Gordon Huff, David Anselmi, Thierry Cabuzel, Russell L. Harris, and Jens Seidel for kind words and corrections.

1.3. Comments and Corrections

I care a great deal about the people who use this document. Even mini-HOWTOs take a long time to write, and I wouldn't have invested so much effort into something people don't understand. If you have comments, corrections or suggestions, even in matters like writing style, don't hesitate to email me. As long as I'm not totally swamped by my PhD dissertation and the book I'm writing on debugging code with GDB/DDD for No Starch Press, I'll do my best to respond to each email I receive about this mini-HOWTO. News flash: I've completed my Ph.D.; now I'm swamped with job hunting. Does anyone need to hire a theoretical physicist?

1.4. Latest Version And Translations


Conrad Wood .


Elcio Mello.


Marcelo Ramos .


Yufeng Wang


Tsukasa Yamaguchi. Available at http://www.linux.or.jp/JF/JFdocs/Debian-Jigdo.


Yuri Kozlov . Available at http://alioth.debian.org/project/showfiles.php?group_id=30279.


Oguz Yarimtepe . Available at http://docs.comu.edu.tr/howto/debian-jigdo.html.

In addition to the URLs given above, all the translations (as well as the English version) are available at my website: http://www.dirac.org/linux/debian/jigdo. If you'd like to translate this mini-HOWTO to another language, please contact me at .

The English version of this HOWTO can also be found at The Linux Documentation Project: http://tldp.org/docs.html.