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Make your own packages for Debian-based systems

Let's take a look at two methods of building Debian packages: using standard Debian packaging tools and the CheckInstall utility.
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I've used the tools described in this article to create packages on Debian and Ubuntu systems, but they should be suitable for other Debian-derived distros, such as MEPIS, Xandros, Linspire, and Freespire. In the interest of simplicity, I'm going to use the phrase “Debian package” throughout the article, even though the tools and techniques should apply across the board.

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