[Beowulf] A press release
Bogdan.Costescu at iwr.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Jul 2 05:59:47 EDT 2008
On Wed, 2 Jul 2008, Tim Cutts wrote:
> The difficulty is that many ISVs tend to do a fairly terrible job of
> packaging their applications as RPM's or DEB's
I very much agree with this. While you mentioned init scripts that
don't fit the distribution, I can add init scripts that are totally
missing when they should be provided - a hand-made init script would
not be part of the installed package and could fail in various ways if
the package is updated or... uninstalled.
> Like you, I tend to use tarballs if they are available, and if I
> want to turn them into packages I do it myself, and make sure they
> are policy compliant for the distro.
I think that's actually more important than the distribution per-se.
If you are able to package something to fit the distribution (f.e. to
install a missing kernel module, add an important software package,
etc.) you can more efficiently use your time later on as packaging
(done properly) is normally a one-time effort. This goes into the
direction that the admin should use the distribution, not fight it!
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