Openmoko build infrastructure questions

Michael 'Mickey' Lauer mickey at
Wed Apr 16 17:29:20 CEST 2008

On Wednesday 16 April 2008 15:48:03 Andy Green wrote:
> The mainstream distros spent many years tackling the "being a distro"
> side of things and ended up with two strong mature ways to do it that
> are more or less identical in functionality.  OE it seems to me spent a
> lot off effort "doing cross", which is a great achievement, and less on
> these thorny packaging issues.

No, OE also spent a lot of effort in packaging, think granularity, proper 
(automatic) dependencies, automatic regression testing, etc.
It will take a lot of man-months to recreate this for any stock distro -- not 
mentioning that you will have to fight against distro maintainers who don't 
want that since they see no value in this.

> Going on our devices inside will over time get more like PCs in
> complexity, storage and capability, not less (this is independent of how
> non-PC-like the form factors may sometimes be).  If we just said "screw
> it" and jumped on Ubuntu or Fedora native-compiled on Qemu, pain from
> that will only lessen over time, not increase.

I sincerely doubt that and I will not support such a decision, if Openmoko 
choses to move into that direction.


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