[Mageia-discuss] Attention, please

Michael Scherer misc at zarb.org
Wed Feb 23 16:23:45 CET 2011

Le jeudi 24 février 2011 à 01:53 +1100, Doug Laidlaw a écrit :
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:35:12 am André Machado wrote:
> > We all know that, nowadays, Ubuntu is the distribution most widely used and
> > known worldwide. Many users are afraid to try other distros because they
> > are accustomed to Ubuntu and many remasters are Ubuntu or Debian based.
> > 
> > We also know that RPM-based distros are not anything DEB-based distros and
> > often are more stable and faster. URPMI is incomparably superior to
> > apt-get.
> > 
> > The four major community-driven RPM-based distros nowadays are: Mageia,
> > OpenSuse, Fedora and PCLinuxOS.
> > 
> > All these distros can work together to promote the use of RPM distros and
> > help in their own developments.
> > 
> > Even though the development team mageia is busy with the roadmap of
> > development, I would propose the creation of...
> > 
> >           T H E [ R E D ] A L L I A N C E
> > 
> > ... which would be a global network where developers and users of these
> > distributions could exchange knowledge and information and share resources
> > to assist in developing mutual their distros.
> > 
> > Today we know that a RPM developed for OpenSuse may not work properly in
> > Fedora. With the Red Alliance, we could create a common development basis,
> > through which could enhance the compatibility and interoperability of
> > programs developed for these distros with the establishment of common
> > guidelines and further increase market share and convince users that they
> > will feel at home.
> > 
> > The goal is not to merge all the distros, but work together. The idea
> > should be further developed, but this seems an appropriate way.
> > 
> Standardisation is a good thing.  I have an app with a spec file for Suse.  I 
> gave up trying to modify it for Mandriva.  Quite apart from standardisation 
> however, there are packages in one distro with a different name from another.  
> I would like to see a switch added to the rpm command to tell it: "This 
> package of mine fits that dependency you asked for."

You mean like adding a "Provides:" tag to a package ?

> A tarball I tried to compile recently (brand new on Freshmeat) specified 
> dependencies older than what I had installed.  What I had didn't match.  That 
> may be sloppy coding.  An "or newer" spec would have fixed it.

Since this is a tarball, no, that just coding. And either the coder was
sloppy, or the strict version check was required because of upstream
change. In any case, a rpm would not solve this.

Michael Scherer

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