[MeeGo-dev] RPM vs DEB, the FAQ item?
marius.vollmer at nokia.com
Wed Feb 17 09:26:35 CST 2010
ext Thiago Macieira <thiago at kde.org> writes:
> But anyway, we're not talking about a Linux desktop distribution here, nor a
> server one. We're talking about an embedded one.
Nahh, it isn't embedded either. Devices with 256+ MB of RAM, 16+ GB of
disk, a keyboard, a 800x480+ screen, a browser that can play Youtube,
and 3rd party applications are hardly embedded. Yes, they are
significantly smaller than desktops or laptops, but it's not that we are
talking about 16bit CPUs and no filesystem here.
"Mobile" is a challenge alright, and I am not saying that we can just
use any existing distribution, change the window manager and be done
with it. But it is also not necessary to start over from scratch.
Android has done that, and I would say it's not its best feature. I
hope the existing Desktop and Server and Universal distributions can
also, in the future, embrace Mobile. If we make that our goal, too, it
will happen much sooner.
Moblin and Maemo and MeeGo are ahead and it is necessary to fork off to
gain the needed speed and freedom of movement, but we should not forget
about an eventual merger.
So I guess all I am saying is that gratuitous incompatibilities should
be avoided, but unless we are careful, they will happen by themselves
(software thermodynamics being what it is) and might make our life
harder than it needs to be.
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