[WBEL-users] Upgrade Path
jamey at beau.org
Wed Nov 29 09:47:13 CST 2006
>> after all the only goal here is to have a rhel compatible distro, or did
>> you fork that idea to something else ?
> One of my goals is to have a nice stable distribution where people don't
> continually question my continuance with the WhiteBox distribution name.
> This is what I want to do. That's what Free software is supposed to be about.
IANAL, nor am I jmorris at beau.org - however, as you can see by my e-mail
address, I might have talked to him on occasion - and I have.
John and the Library are having turbulent times now (no, not in the his
job's in danger kind!), but there's a lot going on behind the scenes
there. (People never realize how much goes on *BEHIND* the check-out
desks at a library.) I haven't talked much lately about the current
status, though I know he's downloaded the RHEL 5.0 packages and is
looking at them.
I also remember a problem that popped up when the project first started.
John registered whiteboxlinux.org, but didn't bother with the .com and
.net. Someone else did, and set up a whole CMS forum setup there, and
seemed to want to become an official WhiteBox Linux site. However, John
never really *intended* for there to be anything extremely official.
John never did anything about that sight, quite simply because John's
fairly hard-core old-school Internet, and doesn't use web forums much (I
think Slashdot is the only one I've ever seen him post in) - he much
prefers mailing lists. Eventually said person left WHEL and moved over
to CentOS, I think.
John's not going to hand over the signing keys for the Beauregard
Library's packaging - but that's no reason someone else can't sign with
their own keys - look at the alternate repositories for Fedora! Dag,
Dries, Livna, etc, all use their own keys. I encourage, and I think
John would too, someone else to set up their own WhiteBox update server!
So, John isn't going to get annoyed at someone else setting up a
repository, and making updates available from their site. I will tell
you that one thing that slows John down a lot is his insistence on
making the packages *RIGHT* - not just "Oh, that built - let's release
it!" That's why there are so many packages with -WBEL in the package
name - he's had to make significant changes, there, to get them to build
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