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Note that the thought experiment was not about "making packages for distributions", but "what
would happen if we take distributions out of the picture?". I think that misunderstanding is
the basis for your response.
LCA: Disintermediating distributions
Posted Feb 6, 2008 23:33 UTC (Wed) by TRS-80 (subscriber, #1804)
Posted Feb 6, 2008 23:40 UTC (Wed) by jdub (subscriber, #27)
If your conclusion is that distributions can't be taken out of the picture, then you're not
taking part in the thought experiment. That's okay, but I'm more interested in the thought
experiment than defending the status quo (which I can do very well for myself, but find it
unchallenging and lacking in philosophical value). :-)
Posted Feb 6, 2008 23:52 UTC (Wed) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501)
The "experiment" is ongoing. You can always install packages directly and not through a
The fact is that most of us use a proper distribution and don't build Linux from scratch.
Binary packages provided by third parties to Linux are known to be of lower quality (to say
the least). And if you want to completely eliminate distributions, you won't really have
reference platforms, and binary packages may be even more of a pain.
Posted Feb 7, 2008 0:02 UTC (Thu) by jdub (subscriber, #27)
... but the key to this is figuring out what could be better, rather than actively choosing
the worst outcome. :-)
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