Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL
My 2 cents:
If you want it easier for newibes or you want a nice GUI. Consider the
1.) Find people argee about having newbie utils and have time. Debian may
but I am certain that most of the people the work on it have lives and
much as they can you need more people that aren't already working on
Let debian create most of the substance, and keep things going.
2.) Create a new set of projects to solve the problems. You don't have to
except if some won't let you become developer and they won't let you
up space with a "experimental" destribution.
3.) Write interfaces for utilities -- good back end programmers are not
necessarily good GUI people. visa versa. Plus some people like command
e.g: Apt still needs a good X gui right?
4.) If you want a new help system, make one that will interpret (or
compile) the help from info files.
5.) For a GUI download the gnome source code. You do want a GUI environment
See how it does things and come up with something new, or get your
people on it and fix it. Bit by bit. I'd say let GTK and GNOME worry
designing it on large scale, and then someone can go back through just
code and tweak it like hell.
6.) Release it as GPL
As long as you don't heavily get into replacing base utilities with a
choice' vastly different program, but instead add to them, there shouldn't
any reason why the changes won't be incorporated back into Debian.
The only problem I see is getting offically recognized by Debian since
appears SCREWED. Also, if there is some unforseen political reason within
you may have to creat a "patch distribution" for debian. If you didn't
operating dynamics in adding to debian. You will only have to store
your new programs and add a couple lines to apt-source. If you want to
packages and create defaults, use a meta package of many depends.
If you think I'm being anal, feel free to enlist my help, I not starting
any projects right now because I don't have enough time, but to looking at
code, or writing a bit here and there is do-able.
Philip Thiem /---/ email@example.com /---/ Pass on the GAS get NASM instead
Computer Science & Mathematics Undergraduate @ UM-Rolla
Interests: Security, Operating Systems, Numerical Computing,
Algorithm Analysis, Discrete/Linear/Modern Algebra,