# [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!
>
>
> 	Hetz
> 	\end{quote}
>
> 	Best wishes
> 	Idris
>
> 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...

Best
Idris

--
Dr. Idris S Hamid
Department of Philosophy