Dependencies in the PPA for Jaunty
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
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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