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Re: Alternative: Source-Centric Approach [w/code]

On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 02:24:01PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 07:46:23PM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > don't handle deps at all)
> > >...
> > > So, what do you think?  Could this work?
> > 
> > Yes, this could work.
> > That's what Gentoo is good at.
> [ snip ]
> > Your priority are your users, and if Debian has decided to focus only on 
> > some key architectures it would be the best for them to help them 
> > switching to Gentoo instead of hacking Debian to become some cheap 
> > Gentoo clone for most architectures.
> I don't view this as being a cheap Gentoo clone.  In fact, I view
> srcinst as being the Gentoo idea, done right.  Gentoo has a lot of
> problems, especially relating to difficult upgrades.  Because of our
> superior packaging system, we are in a great position to hit the ground
> running and, with a little help from something like srcinst, come up
> with something that works -- and works better than Gentoo -- in a short
> amount of time.
> > If the Debian developers intereested in the ports Debian intends to drop 
> > would switch to Gentoo for helping Gentoo to support all of their 
> > architectures and for providing easy Debian -> Gentoo transition paths 
> > this would serve your users better.
> Yes, but I hope that this proposal, or other suggestions, can help us
> avoid dropping ports.  This specific proposal, for instance, is meant to
> provide us with a way forward that addresses the main concerns while
> still producing a quality, usable result for our users.

...and may encourage development of new architectures as the overhead
for each would be much smaller.

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