Friday, 5 May 2017

Machine Parsable Release Information Specification

Hi everyone,

I am sending this mail to the development list of the distributions
CentOS, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu. I am working for
ProfitBricks and we provide public images in our cloud for these

Currently I know no way to retrieve the release information about
new/updated ISO and disk images in a machine parsable and secure way.
Instead I have to visit the websites and collect the information

My idea is to create a (simple) image release information specification
and let every distribution provide one release file which accessible
via https or gpg signed. I created an initial draft of the spec:

Your thoughts? Does it make sense? Is the information already provided
somewhere else?

Benjamin Drung
System Developer
Debian & Ubuntu Developer

ProfitBricks GmbH
Greifswalder Str. 207
D - 10405 Berlin


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