[lsb-discuss] Packaging

Jiri Dluhos jdluhos at suse.cz
Tue Oct 24 01:24:10 PDT 2006


On Tuesday 24 October 2006 03:36, you wrote:
> At 2006/10/23 15:54+0200  Jiri Dluhos writes:
> > If we strictly mandate that LSB-compliant applications must use only
> > LSB libraries, it would paralyze the whole system development. We
> > will then get a classical bureaucratic deadlock (you cannot put a
> > library into LSB until it becomes known practice, and it will never
> > become good practice if it is not used, and it cannot be used before
> > it is in the LSB).
> But not imposing these restrictions is even more dangerous. If you
> allow applications to rely on features outside of the LSB there is a
> very high risk that the application will not work either at all or in
> the same way on different distributions.

Yes, there is definitely a risk, but, honestly, it is not our risk. :-)

The application developers are all responsible adults. If they use a special 
library which is not in the LSB, they probably have a reason to do it, and 
are ready to cope with possible compatibility problems.

Let's not be more strict than our competition. When you are developing 
software for Windows, you have a standardized, (quite) well documented API 
regarding the basic system features. If you use it, you are (quite) 
guaranteed that it will work on many different configurations. You are free 
to use any other libraries as well, and then you are on your own. You are the 
one to make the choice.

Do we really want to build a world where developers are more limited than in 
the realm of You-Know-Who? Certainly not.

Linux is, and always was, about freedom, both in use and in development. We 
must not take the freedom away from the developers - even if it is a freedom 
to use incorrect tools.

Best regards,

    Jiri Dluhos

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