Dependencies in the PPA for Jaunty

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at
Tue Jun 23 09:51:03 BST 2009

Maritza Mendez writes:

 > > Plugins are just DLLs by another name.  So this is just the problem
 > > that distros face on a smaller scale, so you hope to do better than
 > > the more comprehensive distros do with their sprawling collections.

 > deps could be a full-time job.  Bzr is much more manageable because bzr
 > plugins are good for exactly one thing: bzr.  I don't see keeping track of
 > bzr plugins as being all that hard.

Of course it's not.  That is a technical problem and one that the
distros have already solved satisfactorily.  As you say,

 > The real issue -- as others have pointed out -- is how to balance
 > innovation in the developer community with reliability in the user
 > community.  That's a social question, not a technical question.

I don't see how this is different from the problem that Linux distros
must solve, except in scale.  The fact that they haven't really solved
it yet suggests to me that it's a hard problem.  On any scale....

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