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Re: Stability and Release Cycles - An Idea

Emmanuel Seyman wrote:
* Les Mikesell [22/12/2008 15:11] :
No it isn't.  Upstream projects make wild and crazy changes every day
that I want no part of until they've stabilized and are suitable to use
for years unchanged.  The cure for fragmentation is to pick some
standard interfaces and stick to them so the code on each side can be
optimized separately without breaking the other.

This is the LSB specification.

Except it isn't really useful either in what it specifies or how everyone implements it. Can you, for example, NFS mount your /home from various OS's and run their apps, knowing that one of them won't make incompatible and irreversible changes to the formats of the dotfiles stored there, or even count on your python scripts to work across them?

On the other hand, there is a direct code lineage for most packages from a fedora cycle through RHEL and thus Centos, so unless someone explicitly breaks it there is no reason everything can't just keep working.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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