Re: Package formats and software distribution on Linux
Eugene Gorodinsky, 2009-11-20 02:01:19 +0200 :
> There is a sort of oligopoly in linux because of package management.
> There are several main distros which have a lot of package maintainers
> and a lot of packages as a result of this. Smaller distros need to
> choose between compatibility with existing packages and innovation
> (whatever that may be)
> A universal package format would benefit these distributions, since a
> lot less resources would have to be spent in order to create a new
I've read that several times, but I still must be missing something.
My impression is that your poins is essentially the following: 1. it's
too much work for "small distros" to use any new format instead of one
of the big established ones; 2. let's reduce the number of big
established formats to one.
If that's approximately correct, then aren't these points in
contradiction? I think the choice of established formats actually
benefits the "smaller distros" since they can pick the one more adapted
to their needs.
Interesting questions nevertheless :-)
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