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Re: Linux and application installing

From:  Richard Hughes <hughsient-AT-gmail.com>
To:  Development discussions related to Fedora <devel-AT-lists.fedoraproject.org>
Subject:  Re: Linux and application installing
Date:  Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:17:30 +0100
Message-ID:  <AANLkTi=N--q+7OT7vqwzu9=pHxnWwBBexmHye7JFQGHk@mail.gmail.com>
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On 7 September 2010 14:11, seth vidal <skvidal@fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> okay - I'll bite - why do we want to make it less distro-specific?

For the same reason as pirut and pup were replaced. Fedora is *not* a
big enough ecosystem to drive fully localized and feature rich user
experiences. Working with other distros mean we can work as one big
team and share the burden of translation, bug-fixes and writing new
common code. I certainly don't want to write software for Fedora, but
rather write software for Linux, and then write the small amount of
Fedora interface code.

> What does it get us? It means we have to deal with a bunch of
> Lowest-common-denominator issues and it means a looser coupling of the
> tools we have.

Sure, I understand where you're coming from. As you see from
app-install schema version 1 it really was least common denominator.
But version 2, which is in progress now, features application
screenshot previews (that ubuntu wanted) and application ratings
(which we all wanted). Having an extensible format allows us to add
the features in a cross-distro way without re-inventing schemas and
UI.

> It is legit to write tools for fedora that are FOR fedora. Why not do
> that?

Of course it's legitimate to do so. I just don't think it's a very
sustainable or responsible way to write software.

Richard.
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