FC4 slimfast slimfest

Alex Ackerman alex at darkhonor.com
Tue Feb 22 03:42:26 UTC 2005

> From: Michael A. Peters
> Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 10:10 PM
> To: fedora-devel-list at redhat.com
> Subject: Re: FC4 slimfast slimfest
> On 02/21/2005 06:11:00 PM, Chris Adams wrote:
> >
> > I think you are overestimating the importance of Java to the average
> > user.
> I also would prefer JPackage handle Java.
> Here's why - JPackage is very good at making things available on many
> distributions. I've already sent e-mails to several developers of Java
> apps suggesting they package their product in an rpm with the
> dependencies satisfied by what is in JPackage, so that Linux users can
> simply add the JPackage repository, and then yum localinstall the rpm
> and whatever is needed will just be grabbed. Some developers e-mailed
> me saying they had not heard of JPackage but they liked what they saw.
> In many cases this work for several distributions with just a single
> rpm from the vendor, but if Fedora deviates from JPackage, then
> instructions for Fedora would have to be different than instructions
> for other distro's.
> I'm not a Java developer, I honestly don't like GUI Java apps in most
> cases (it's the interface - not pretty) though I do like a few because
> they are very good at what they do.
> As far as packaging Java, JPackage is very good at what it does - I
> have never before had such an easy time getting Java applications to
> just work.
> I would rather see support (and I do see it) of RH and Fedora for the
> JPackage project, and let JPackage handle everything Java. Maybe ship
> JVM but not until it can do applets.
> Ship with a jpackage.org repo file installed that a user just needs to
> enable to use.
> --
> Michael A. Peters
> http://mpeters.us/

+1. The added bonus for this option is that the maintenance of the
packages themselves is left to the community rather than to an already
overworked Redhat staff which is maintaining 2 distros (FC and RHEL).

Alex Ackerman

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