On Apr 26, 2011, at 6:12 AM, Ivan Vučica wrote:
On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 05:47, Lucas Holt <address@hidden>
Regarding distribution of source, why not standardize on one of the many Linux or BSD distribution systems. It's not necessary to reinvent the wheel. Something like apt-get, rpm, or something more ports like might be a good fit. An Etoile based gui could then wrap around the standard underlying distribution system to hide it from the user. Many linux projects already distribute source as packages.
Ports sound nice. But I wonder, are ports... well, in lack of a better term, portable? :))
Can ports easily be used on Win32 and Debian?
Two of the BSDs have portable package systems. NetBSD's pkgsrc can run on many platforms. I believe it works with most of the BSDs (excluding MidnightBSD), Linux, Solaris and there is some traction on the Mac. There are package management tools with that as well. Mirports on MirBSD can run on MirBSD, MidnightBSD, Mac OS X and I think Debian. MirBSD's ports bootstrap on their make and mksh though. Both of those projects are quite open to porting to new platforms. I also wonder about something like Gentoo's portage.
FreeBSD and MidnightBSD ports are limited to our systems. I'm not sure about OpenBSD ports.