[LAD] Releasing source code is not enough, I think...

John Rigg ladev6 at jrigg.co.uk
Tue Jan 21 13:11:21 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:40:23PM +0000, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 05:55:04AM +0000, Filipe Coelho wrote:
> > I think we should stop assuming releasing source code is enough.
> Enough for what ? Users who don't want to install from source
> want packages made for the package manager of their distro,
> which will take care of dependencies etc. You can't expcect a
> developer to provide such packages for each and every distro.
> I don't even provide them for the distro I use myself.

I'm inclined to agree with Fons here. There seems to be a growing culture
of expecting Windows-style hand-holding for free software. In the Windows
(and Mac) world you pay money for this. I think it's unreasonable to
expect the same level of support from unpaid developers. (If they have the
time to do it that's great, but it shouldn't be taken for granted).


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