3.7 Full: Developers or Media users?

Avi Bryant avi at beta4.com
Thu May 20 22:32:45 UTC 2004

On May 20, 2004, at 1:59 PM, Doug Way wrote:

> I agree.  I think it's probably simpler to have just have one Full 
> image which has lots of developer goodies as well as media content.  
> It's not worth the extra maintenance effort to have a special 
> Media-Full image, and then a Developer-Full image.

> However, I understand that getting this Full Assembler package 
> together is a lot of work for Diego.  So if he wants to limit the 
> amount of developer goodies to a modest number of things for now, that 
> makes sense.

This seems somewhat contradictory.  Either we have a Full image which 
does have developer goodies, or Diego doesn't have time to include them 
and so we need a separate Developer-Full image.  To say "we don't need 
a developer image because the media image will have developer stuff, 
but we don't have time to actually put the developer stuff in because 
media is a higher priority" doesn't make sense: you end up just not 
meeting the needs of the developers.

I don't mind which we go with, as I can see good arguments either way, 
but if the Full image is not in practice going to include adequate 
developer support, then let's be explicit about that and open the way 
for someone to put together a proper developer-oriented distribution.

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