Re: monolithic distro

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Lukas Kahwe Smith <smith(at)pooteeweet(dot)org>
Cc: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>, "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: monolithic distro
Date: 2006-07-13 20:52:13
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On Thu, 13 Jul 2006, Lukas Kahwe Smith wrote:

> Marc G. Fournier wrote:
>> But, that isn't our role ... that should be the role of whomever takes on
>> the role of 'maintainer' for such a monolithic distribution ... its no more
>> our role to decide that pl/Java is better or worse then pl/J ... our role
>> is to provide that core for everyone else to build around ...
>> People like CommandPrompt, Bizgres, EnterpriseDB, Pervasive ... they have
>> the funding to *create* and maintain that, to make sure all the parts they
>> distribute are working properly ...
>> The resources are there, if someone (you?) wants to do this as a FOSS
>> project, but I fear that amount of work (both time and energy) required to
>> make the 'include all, for all' distribution is much much greater then the
>> returns will be ... the more you add in, the more you have to co-ordinate
>> releases with the external projects, and pull/push old/new stuff in as it
>> becomes 'stale', etc ...
> Yeah, but if PostgreSQL decides to endorse one monolithic distro in the way I
> described it could give that project hopefully the necessary lift. And the
> ultimate goal is obviously that some of those newbies coming by way of the
> monolithic distro turn into people that bring ressources to the PostgreSQL
> platform/ecosystem.

Should Linus endorse (or does he?) one distro of Linux, or should they not
live on their own merits?


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