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

Filipe Coelho falktx at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 17:11:10 UTC 2014

On 01/21/2014 05:00 PM, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 03:34:05PM +0000, Filipe Coelho wrote:
>> I seriously don't wish any new user to have to put up with this.
>> It might be easy for us that are now used to this sort of things,
>> but not for them.
> Then they should wait until their distro or someone else provides
> a package. Or pay someone to do the work for them, just as they
> have to for commercial software, or for the mechanic you mention.
> Or use a distro that usually provides a shorter release cycle,
> e.g. Arch (which is not for noobs).

What about all the freeware software I see in Windows/OSX?
It's the only way they (software devs) have to get some attention to it. 
afaik no one is paying them.

I don't think a sane person is willing to wait ~6 months and do a 
reinstall just for a bug-fix release (in case of Ubuntu).

>>> Unless that toolchain can magically create packages for all major
>>> distros (and I'm pretty sure it can't do that), what's the point ?
>> It won't create packages, it will create binaries - which is what
>> users are looking for.
> And how are these installed ? Bypassing the distro package management
> is a sure recipe for misery. Maybe not immediately, with a bit of
> luck the binary you just copied to /usr/bin may work. But sooner or
> later your users will get some serious trouble, because you're messing
> up their systems. If that's what you want, go on...

I don't see how this is worse than having the users installing files to 
I actually think it's much better, since it won't require root to 
install. Just run the binary.

~/bin also exists, although not all distros use it.

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