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Re: Changes I've been thinking of...

From: David Chisnall
Subject: Re: Changes I've been thinking of...
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 13:38:10 +0100

On 8 Oct 2009, at 13:30, Richard Frith-Macdonald wrote:

it's up to the packaging systems used by the distribution how they do things, the task is much the same as with any other software, not a GNUstep specific issue, and it's really not our concern how packagers for different distributions do things.

I think this reinforces my original point. GNUstep, at the moment, is not friendly towards packagers. FreeBSD is about the only platform that has well-maintained up-to-date GNUstep packages (and, here, I include stuff built on top of GNUstep), although a few Linux distros have recently started updating their old GNUstep packages, so that may change soon.

It is not our concern how packagers choose to distribute things, but it should be our concern to make things easy for packagers. Currently, it is not, and the result is that people interested in developing with GNUstep find that they have no recent GNUstep package for their distribution of choice and then give up.

You are right that this is not a GNUstep-specific issue. It is an issue that all software faces and successful projects tend to be the ones that make life easy for packagers.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how good GNUstep is if it's too much effort for people to install, because they simply won't ever try it.


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