[squeak-dev] Re: Unix updates

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Wed Dec 16 15:21:39 UTC 2009

On 16.12.2009, at 15:20, Andreas Raab wrote:
> Bert Freudenberg wrote:
>> And then what? 
> How the heck do I know? ;-) But you are sounding self-contradicting here. This discussion started with you pointing out that you wouldn't expect to find anything current in the package management system of choice.

I don't think I started the discussion this time, but it's true nonetheless, for now. But the solution IMHO is not ignoring the distro packages. Downloading from squeak.org should become only the second-best option after the one expected by Linux users.

> As a consequence I've been trying to find some ways by which we could get users the information that there's something more up to date.

Appreciated. But I don't think the primary problem is that people are unaware of newer versions, but that getting a current Squeak is harder than usual for Linux software.

> But now you're saying leave it to the distro maintainers? Isn't that directly contradicting your initial statement? If we assume that the packages are generally current, then there's no point whatsoever to this entire discussion (which started by Igor pointing out that current packages are *not* current).
> Confused,
>  - Andreas

I'm looking for ways to actually fix this, not for more workarounds. And what we do as interim solution should not interfere with the proper way.

So IMHO it is good if we provide a tarball on squeak.org for those who like to install manually (though IMHO it should include an image, not like the one currently linked on the homepage).

And we should at least not do anything that undermines the efforts of packagers, instead encouraging use of the distro packages. If nobody uses them they won't get fixed. So next time someone notices a problem with a distro package *please* file a bug report in the distro's tracker.

- Bert -

>> Linux has advanced beyond "./configure; make; make install". Downloading a tarball feels antiquated. Regular users don't do that anymore unless they absolutely have to. Package maintainers do and bundle this in a package for their distro.
>> Even downloading a DEB or RPM from random web sites doesn't make it much better, because this interferes with distro packages, again bypassing the official update mechanism.
>> IMHO the debs and rpms on squeak.org should be removed, and maintenance moved to the respective distros. Empower and support the maintainers, like Debian's José Redrejo or Fedora's Gavin Romig-Koch or Mandriva's Aleksey Lim.
>> - Bert -

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