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Re: [opensuse-project] Re: [opensuse-packaging] Chromium package in openSUSE releases
- From: "Sankar P" <psankar@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:44:12 -0700
- Message-id: <4ECEB3A4020000E70003210D@novprvoes0310.provo.novell.com>
-> openSUSE community is spending effort to give chromium for openSUSE
"openSUSE community" == Raymond (??)
Is this correct? I mean, what's raymond stance towards this? This
seems a huge falacy. Might work from the 'engineering' point of view,
but from a motivational perspective, I have some doubts.
Yes, Raymond and everyone else who works on bringing chromium to openSUSE.
-> Chrome community is spending effort to give Chrome for openSUSE
That's maybe a project management requirement from Chrome (to give a
offer for most popular Linux platforms)... But, they never really
cared/fixed the libpng12 issue, which somehow challenges your
statement. If they were really spending efforts into openSUSE, they
would have a Requires on the rpm for libpng12.
Furthermore, do you believe it's fair to compare a product from Google
(which has a whole team and project management behind) with a
volunteer contribution like Raymond's?
The objective is common for both. To bring Chrom[e/ium] to openSUSE. Some work
on personal time and some are paid to do that.
I think we're running into way too much falacies.
-> There are no patches added by openSUSE to customize chromium
-> Chrome development is going on at a rapid pace
Sure there's no patches, but there's probably hundreds of hours of
work on it from contributors. Let's just trash them because we find
out that Chrome is a better option ?
Nope. I merely recommended to redirect those hundreds-of-hours in a different
place, but still relevant to openSUSE.
*openSUSE* users, we should focus on just one place so that it will be more
So, instead of working on two different places to make Chrome available for
efficient. Much like, two people digging a water-well in one place instead of
two different places.
Chrome != Chromium ?
Now why should you or anyone else impose to a volunteer contributor
what or what they should or shouldn't do with their contributions? Now
we have everyone enforcing project management decisions ? Are we
community Linux or corporate linux?
Who enforced any decision ?
If I have said, "Hey Raymond, now go and work with the Chrome community and get
openSUSE rpms from there", it will be enforcing my decision. I merely
suggested, [with a "out-of-the-box thinking" label], if we should just get
packages from Chrome upstream, instead of building them ourselves. I have
suggested the same earlier for Eclipse too when Stephen Shaw tried to get them
built on OBS for openSUSE.
Also, my decisions are not as respectful as a project manager decision :-) I am
a mere humble contributor working in freetime, just like you.
Please enlighten me... You are a part of the Marketing team, so you
know the answers better than I do.
I am not officially part of the Marketing team. I have not even sent any mail
to the marketing team (except for 12.1 release notes as part of the GNOME
team). I do not represent them in any form. I just distribute DVDs which I used
to do even before a marketing team was formed.
Also, I do not intend to block Raymond. I am merely recommending him towork with the Chrome community who is already giving RPMs for openSUSE. It is
just a proposal and he can happily reject it as he wish.
You use Chrome or Chromium? Sounds fishy... to me it looks like you
are trying to get in openSUSE the stuff you use in disfavor of a
competitor product that you don't use but that others might use...
What competitor product ? Chrome and Chromium ? They are from the same project.
Chromium is the name of the project. Chrome is the name of the release which is
done by Google. A particular build configuration of Chromium sources + some
codecs is called the Chrome browser release. They are not competing products.
Are the Chrome/Chromium Licenses the same? Which one should we favor?
Sankar, you are a member of the Marketing Team, I expect you or any
other marketing contributor to be aware of the motivational factors
and their impact in present or future volunteer contributor...
Marketing isn't about posting news or making buzzes throught the
world... it goes far beyond it, it would be interesting that people
actually consider what they are supposed to consider and not only
follow a narrow perspective and claim they are marketeers... How would
I know that ?
Please the next answer :-)
PS: we're just discussing hopefully in a constructive way and
confronting ideas, this is not a personal attack, I hope that is
I did not take any offence. I rarely feel offended ;-) But I've something to
share. If I see things with pre-conceived negative notions, I will always find
fault and will complain, even if the cause was good. I will see ghosts when
there are none. In a similar way, my suggestion to work with the chromium
project instead of building chromium ourselves is just a suggestion from a
community member (me) to Raymond. The marketing team or project management has
nothing to do with it. Even if they want to say something, it will be
represented by them in a more formal way than via me. But because of your
unplesant memories about marketing team or some openSUSE project decisions, you
are assuming that I am trying to stop Raymond (or others) from working for
openSUSE. I can assure you, it is not.
This mail thread has crossed levels of sanity and before
http://psankar.blogspot.com/2009/08/most-wanted-feature.html blocks it, we
should stop. The conclusion is:
1) Sankar made a suggestion. Raymond will reject or accept it, IOW, will do
what Raymond feels best.
2) Nelson was unhappy about the suggestion. Sankar tried to convince him that
the reasons are nothing political.
3) Everyone decided to respect the decision of Raymond and get back to spending
their evenings doing constructive things :)
Sorry to everyone else who had to hear the noise. This will be the last mail
from me in this thread.
I understand that you may be unhappy with the board/foundation relatedhappenings in openSUSE, but trust me, my mail has nothing related to any of
it. Read through my previous mails once again with an clear mindset and see
if you find anything other than trying to get best Chrome experience on
This is not related to you, it meant in a general perspective...
People want to do a lot of stuff but in the end nothing happens
(happened to me also with GNOME:Ayatana).
12.1 box without any issues. So I am not really sure what the problem you
Have Fun :-)
P.S: I have been using Chrome from Google during 11.4 and even now on my
referred to was. Even if there was a problem, I am sure the chromium
community will be happy to fix it, for the benefit of the openSUSE users.
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