Openmoko build infrastructure questions
Michael 'Mickey' Lauer
mickey at openmoko.org
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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