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Re: libc strategy

Quoting Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org>:

> Whoever builds the first prototype gets to choose the direction for
> the project.  If nobody wants this badly enough to actually do it, it
> will probably never happen.

OTOH, if two people do it two different ways, we'll have a problem.
(Although that's a problem we'd be better off with than the current
situation... :)

I do hereby predict that we'll have at least one working prototype by
the end of August.  Feel free to throw this quote back in my face if
we don't.  But I at least didn't come here just to talk.  *Something*
is going to be done soon, I guarentee it...

> In case you're wondering, I'm subscribed to this list because I would
> be interested in the result, not because I'm motivated to spearhead
> the project.  This list seems to be mostly populated by people with a
> similar view.

I'm sure anyone interested is welcome.  Even if you don't want to hack
code, you're a potential tester.

Personally, I'm here to hack code if that's what it takes (and it will,
no doubt).

> Is there anything particularly spectacular that one would be able to
> accomplish with a Debian/BSD hybrid, something to make the sweat
> worthwhile for at least a few people here?  Does it scratch an itch?
> So far, it doesn't seem to be much more than an "It would be nice
> if..." with some dpkg/apt diffs as a starting point.

I will consider the sweat worthwhile if I can someday install Debian
on my boxes that don't support Linux.  I don't mind running NetBSD on
them, but I'd prefer Debian.  Enough that I'm willing to work for it.

Note, this implies I will not be satisfied by a Debian/BSD-i386.  That
in and of itself would be a worthy goal, and help make sure that
Debian truly becomes a kernel-independent OS.  But I'm specifically
looking to be able to install Debian/BSD-sparc and Debian/BSD-m68k on
some distant(?) day... [Although there are Linux versions for both
architectures, they don't work on my machines -- NetBSD does.]  In the
mean time Debian/BSD-i386 is probably the easiest starting point.
Once that works the rest should be easy (relatively speaking)...

GT <gt@dreamsmith.org>                       http://www.dreamsmith.org
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a
journey that no one else can take for us or spare us." - Marcel Proust

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