[NCLUG] "red hat - the new redmond?" comment from mainstream online media
Idris S Hamid
ishamid at attbi.com
Sat Sep 7 13:17:00 MDT 2002
On Saturday 07 September 2002 12:43, John L. Bass wrote:
> The case is simple - it's about support! when RedHat compiles KDE 3.0.3
> with a new glibc, a new XFT-2 patch which is NOT part of the official (or
> the seperated maintained copy of) QT- 3.x, and with other changes - A user
> simply cannot be supported!
> Best wishes
> Taking this issue to the extreme, would require every distro to include
> every version of every library used by every developer of every open source
> product included.
I am not a programmer, but this is a clear straw-man argument. KDE is not just
any weekend open-source project but a HUGE system with very clear,
consistent, and _stated_ criteria about which set of libraries and compilers
are needed for the official distribution. By your own admission u r "taking
this issue to the extreme".
Even "taking this issue to the extreme" your conclusion does not follow. More
precisely it would require every distributer of KDE to include the
_particular version(s)_ (by no means every version) of each library used by
the particular set of developers (who will use the _same_ version) of each
open source product included [in KDE I presume u meant]. Par for the course
as far as I can tell.
Much more accurate & much less melodramatic;-> If this is too much to ask of
a distributor they should find themselves another line of work...
Dr. Idris S Hamid
Department of Philosophy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
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