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Re: RPM-based Hurd distro (was : Re: Hurd F1 ISO and booting)

On Wed, 2 May 2001, David Coquil wrote:

> I think you have a point with your popularity argument. The Hurd would
> clearly benefit from having more users. But OTOH, there is quite a lot of
> learning involved before you can contribute anything even vaguely useful to
> the Hurd ; I still haven't found enough time to do this myself. I don't
> think that people who are put off by a different packaging system can really
> help (please don't take this as a flame against yourself ; I understand how
> dpkg can be confusing at first).

No offense taken. I have thicker skin than most people I've met in the
Free Software business, nobody in particular in mind.

But I think your asessment is correct. It takes quite awhile for me to get
my grips about the Hurd, and dpkg isn't helping. Well, we'll see what
happens. Maybe I'll get used to it. It's major "sell point", apt, isn't
much use for me since I live behind a 28.8 modem and can't download
updates just because I want it. Unless they are small...

> Free software contributors are volunteers ; IMO nobody has the right to tell
> them what they "must" decide to work on, even if it results in duplicate
> efforts. But the Hurd gets very little brain time, so its few contributors'd
> rather concentrate on the most "important" issues. I fail to see how having
> a non-RPM packaging system can be considered an "important" issue, so I
> doubt such a project would get much support.

Nope, I don't think packaging is "important" it's just
covenient(sp?). What I *do* think is really, really important is
documentation. Almost every Free Software project is lacking in that 
area. If I can help with it, I will.


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