Re: lintian & linda
* [ 10-04-05 - 23:33 ] Bernd Eckenfels <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> There are a lot differences between linda and lintian, especially the
> programming language.
We would like to know which are these differences. :)
Nico's original question was "why are there linda and lintian?".
Do they provide different *features*?
> Which is if course a big point if you consider
> programmers can only help in one but not the other.
You're right here.
> > Whenever someone submits an ITP for the software A, whose functionality
> > is already provided in Debian by B, the standard question is "Why is A
> > better than B? From your long description it is not clear which are the
> > aspect that make them different."
> This standard question is annoying and unneeded. There is no point in
> deciding for one or the other package. And this is a quite new trend that
> debian community start to think they have the right to pick.
I actually think that this question is not so unneeded. The ITP could
simply miss to mention the important features, and asking such a
question can lead to an improved long description.
Potential problems with packages which provide *exactly the same
functionalities* are: duplication of efforts on the developers' side,
user confusion, waste of archive space...