Posts Tagged ‘upstream’
A while back mdz blogged about challenges facing Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. He raises the point that runtime libraries for Python / Ruby etc have a unique set of issues because they tend to have their own packaging systems. Merely a month later he attended Debconf 2010 where a presentation was given on the […]
Filed under: Uncategorized | 19 Comments
Tags: clojure, Debian, eggs, lein, node.js, npm, packaging, Python, ruby, upstream
Ok, so micro rant time: this is the effect of not taking things upstream: hardware doesn’t work Out Of The Box. Very briefly, I purchased a Vodafone prepaid mobile broadband package today, which comes with a modem and SIM. The modem is a K3571-Z, and Ubuntu *thinks* it knows how they work (it doesn’t). So it […]
Filed under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Tags: ubuntu, upstream
As distributors we should not discourage upstreams that wish to generate binary packages themselves, rather we should cooperate with them, and ideally they will end up maintaining their stable release packages in our distributions. Currently the Debian and Ubuntu communities have a tendancy to actively discourage this by objecting when an upstream software author includes a debian/ directory in their shipped code. I don’t know if Redhat or Suse have similar concerns, but for the dpkg toolchain, the presence of an upstream debian directory can cause toolchain issues.
In this blog post, I hope to make a case that we should consider the toolchain issues bugs rather than just-the-way-it-is, or even features.
Filed under: Uncategorized | 14 Comments
Tags: packaging, ubuntu, upstream