Re: FreeBSD-like approach for Debian? [was: Re: Deficiencies in Debian]
i am not a debian developer, but have been subscribed to this list
for some little while (in accordance with the "how you can help"
instructions) with an eye toward becoming a debian developer
in the future, when (hopefully) i will have a little more time to
devote to debian. i have found debian to be a very fine distribution
and one the i whole heartedly agree with, from the philosophical
perspective of free software.
now one of the things i have always disliked about the linux
distros is the tendency to install *everything* as if it where part
of the base operating system. i believe that installing optional
packages under a well defined and seperate file system (whether
it be /usr/local or /opt) offers significant advantages, especially
if those packages are installed as self-sufficient entities, that is
under one main directory, with (if necessary) symlinks to the package
from the more traditional directories, i.e. a link from /usr/bin/foo to
i do not know if this topic has come up before, and i am not a debian
developer, so i am not trying to intrude in your way of doing things, but
i have been a systems administrator/programmer for over 15 years.
i think debian is an excellent distribution and i believe that this type
of integration would only benefit debian and it's users.
keep up the good work, and thanks for a great system.
Jonathan Walther wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Sep 1999, Steve Lamb wrote:
> > If I wanted FreeBSD, I'd use FreeBSD. I have a friend who uses it and his
> > argument against Linux, in general, is that "they don't ship a system" and
> > that he prefers things installed into /usr/local instead of /usr. To me that
> > seems foolish. /usr/local is for stuff I compile locally. What we have now
> > may not be the best, but it is a far cry better than what FreeBSD does.
> Not really. /usr/local is a handy way to distinguish between the *base*
> system, and the addon packages, which, guess what, are all compiled locally
> under FreeBSD
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