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Re: [Fwd: Fedora & openSUSE meeting / cooperation ?]



Luis Villa wrote:
On 2/6/07, Christopher Blizzard <blizzard redhat com> wrote:
The build service isn't particularly interesting, mostly because the
model we're moving towards is to move as much outside of the firewall as
much as possible.  It's kind of odd, actually, any time I run into any
of the suse folks, all they want to talk about is the build service.
Not a lot of value there, imho?

It behooves all of us to make linux software easier to install- as
easy as xpis in mozilla, or app bundles in osx. Once you do that,
developers can focus more on development and less on packaging, users
can more reliably get newer/better versions with less pain, etc.

The build service is a very kludgy solution to this, but for users and
non-distro developers it is a step in the right direction if it gets
used. It gives them value, even if there is very little value in it
for the distros.

(I can rant on about this at great length; probably best not to get me
started ;)

I see them as somewhat separate things. To your first point - making things easier to install, I happen to completely agree, and it's one of the reasons why I'm driving down the path of using bundles instead of rpm or deb packages in olpc. This much to the chagrin of people who are heavily invested in rpm and similar technologies.

I'm approaching this from the standpoint of "make it easier to find software that's interesting and be able to give it to others" as opposed to "making it easier and more convenient to make an rpm."

--Chris


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