Re: Who could be able to help SW vendors to support Debian?
On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:55:51PM +0000, Tim Cutts wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 01, 2005 at 07:37:27PM +0100, Christian Perrier wrote:
> > Would any people around have pointers which could be given to such
> > people?? Do we already have an entry point for such technical issues
> > as proprietary SW vendors needing technical information about the way
> > to support Debian??
> The first thing I would do is to try to convince the vendor not to get
> so hung up on supporting different distributions. If their product
> depends tightly on kernel stuff, then they should base their support
> matrix on kernel version, not on distribution.
> Point them at Platform Computing as an example of how to do it with LSF.
> They support Linux, and they don't give a stuff what distribution you're
> running. They support certain kernels, and certain C libraries, and
> other than that they don't care. And they're not too precise about
> kernel version - on X86 you can run any 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, and any 2.1,
> 2.2 or 2.3 glibc. They're a little pickier on other architectures (they
> don't support 2.6 on either Alpha or Itanium yet).
I would agree and add that soname incompatibilities are probably not an
issue. Considering that this is probably a propietary program they're
writing anyway I cannot imagine them linking in many libraries currently