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



On 2/6/07, Christopher Blizzard <blizzard redhat com> wrote:
Luis Villa wrote:
>> 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."
>
> I agree that the first approach is a vastly superior one which should
> be prioritized given finite resources, but that is a very big problem
> space with a lot of barriers preventing a solution. Given that, I
> don't think you should so casually dismiss the second approach in the
> meantime- I think as an intermediate bandaid it possibly has quite a
> bit of value.

We're trying to make it pretty easy.  We have a bunch of tools that lets
you build an rpm locally, a "local build service" if you want to play
rhetorical games.  How we allow third parties be able to distribute and
let other people know that they have compatible software is a different
issue.  That's the kind of thing that I've been pushing us towards as
well.  The pieces that Jesse and others are working on are the
beginnings of that.

Ah, I may be missing information on what jesse and others are doing- pointers?

Our current system of centralized distribution _and_ information about
what's available seems to make that harder.  i.e. the only way that
people can find software that's compatible with Fedora is to find it in
Fedora's repositories.  It's something that has scaled well for us with
free software,

It makes it hard for people who are producing free software as well,
since even if you can guarantee that all of your software is available
on all distros, it is impossible to quickly get bugfixes and new
versions out to users on all distros. I think this is the problem
suse's build system is trying to fix- release one tarball, upload it
to their system, *poof*, you've got builds for everything that you can
point your users at. The current system is release one tarball, wait
days or months for distros to pick it up, and in the meantime
apologize to your users for their inability to get their software on
distro X.

> Luis (who sometimes wonders if web + xpi means we should have moved
> the whole desktop to mozilla/xulrunner two years ago)

There's a huge amount to be learned from what Mozilla is doing, and I
know I'm personally applying it.  But it's hard for others to see it.
They don't quite have the inside view that I have had to both projects.
  What's worked, what hasn't, what are the key success factors, etc.
I'm trying to prove out some of using olpc as a mechanism, but it's slow
going.

I would love to talk with you about this at some point; I'm currently
drafting a blog post which basically says that not working with
mozilla was GNOME's biggest mistake of the post-2.0 era. (A mistake
that I played a significant role in, I might add :/

Luis


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