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Re: suggestion for educational software section

Quoting John Lapeyre <lapeyre@physics.arizona.edu>:

> *Martin Bialasinski wrote:
> > >> "JL" == John Lapeyre <lapeyre@physics.arizona.edu> writes:
> > JL> There has been a little in the past year about how to change
> > JL> things, but I don't think anyone has taken the bull by the horns
> > JL> yet.
> > As far as I can see, there we just need a wider and more detailed
> > (officaly approved) structure and means to decide on extending
> > it. Then we add a Purpose: filed (beside the Section: filed) to the
> > control file, and voilà, a package can belong to multiple sections.
> > 
> > We even have proof of concept implementations for this.
> 	What is that ?
> The other thing people suggested was a more flexible logical structure,
> something along the lines of keywords, so that package directories can be
> built to suit different needs.  We need to think about two years from now
> when there are 10,000 packages  in the distribution.

I will be very interested to a possible scheme for this. I try to work
myself on a similar design for bookmarks files. I never got enough time
to come with something but if this can also serve Debian... :) 

> 	This reminds me of someone's suggestion of a few weeks ago to
> implement a more general depends mechanism so that standalone
> sub-distributions can be easily built.  The sooner these things are
> addressed, the smaller the crisis when the size of the distribution forces
> it
> upon us.

They're lot of thing to be made but we already far a-head than most
other other distro. Debian-JP (http://www.debian.or.jp) is an excellent 
example of this, far from the supposedly RPM compliance between distro.
For the work to be done, they're some good work done for a more general
arch dependencies and there a long time wait feature for Versionned 
Provides into dpkg (Hey! It's even in the Policies). With all we already
have, possibilities are far then limited to build compliance between
Debian based distributions.

Now if the LSB/LSA project can come to something...

> -- 
> John Lapeyre <lapeyre@physics.arizona.edu>,  lapeyre@debian.org
> Tucson,AZ     http://www.physics.arizona.edu/~lapeyre

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