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Re: Zoom- best practice?

On Tue, Jun 09, 2020 at 06:41:33AM -0400, The Wanderer wrote:
> (Please stop CCing me on replies [...]



> FWIW, I have tried, at least in part.

Thanks for taking the time to do, and thanks for reporting back.


> Even a successful build from a repository like that would not
> demonstrate that you can actually completely rebuild the project from
> scratch [...]

Yes, this is a well-known problem with many facets.

ISTR that there was a Lisp which only could build itself: the
whole buildery (which, this being Lisp included everything,
compiler, assembler and all) was written in Lisp, and took
advantage of newer and newer features. A full bootstrap involved
unearthing "old versions" and following the historical evolution
of that thing.

Some "ecosystems", like Java, tend to build up a huge network
of dependencies on "well-known" components -- something I used
to call it the "Java Disease". Until Javascript came with npm,
or PHP with composer. It can get worse.

Building something significant, like Jitsi, lands you in this
hell, and to survive, you end up ingesting those dependencies
(that's what is called "vendoring" -- imo the Euphemism of the

On the other end there are heroes, like the Guix folks [1],
or the reproducible build folks [2] working relentlessly on
disentangling those things. Debian packaging belongs into that
class of heroism.

So from my POV there is a lot to critizice there, and a lot
to fix -- but "this is not free software just because I'm too
lazy to check thoroughly", as some have basically said here
is simply unfair -- and counterproductive.


[1] https://guix.gnu.org/
[2] https://reproducible-builds.org/

-- tomás

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