CD-based distribution (was Another website....)

Geoffrey Noer
Thu Aug 13 00:59:00 GMT 1998

On Wed, Aug 12, 1998 at 01:49:44PM -0500, Marcus Brown wrote:
> Well, I couldn't really say anything about the Debian tools since I've
> never used the Debian distribution, only RedHat and Slackware.  The rpm
> port to cygwin32 that I have seen is solid, and works fine with source
> rpms (haven't tried binary so don't quote me on this :).  If there is a
> better or more convenient way to package distributions I'd be glad to
> take a look at it, rpm is the first thing that came to mind.  A more
> pressing issue would seem to be what would actually be included in this
> distribution...

In principle, I would prefer InstallShield-based distributions but
obviously that causes a lot of problems -- it's proprietary and isn't
very scalable to 100s of packages.  So maybe rpm is the way to go...

Overall, I think it is best if the system promotes compatibility with
Windows.  (We'd all be much better off running Linux if all we wanted
was a UNIX box).  If there is a good way to package things that is
more in keeping with normal Windows ways of existance other than
Installshield that might be a better choice.  Dunno.

Geoffrey Noer
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