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Re: [opensuse] HCLs [Was:openSuSE to be sold to Vmware?]
  • From: Cristian Rodríguez <crrodriguez@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 20:17:43 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C940527.2010708@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
El 17/09/10 10:28, C escribió:

There have been attempts at standardizing, but.. everyone just ignored
it and went on their merry way.

Do you mean the LSB ? ( aka. Linux Super Bull**) :-)
While there are attempts from corporations to still beat this dead horse, it is doomed to fail why ?

- It attempts to define an ABI instead of a API, in this always changing
enviroment, this sole idea reveals it was thought by high management positions or people that has no clue whatsoever how real applications work.

- It doesn't matter to opensource, only to proprietary software.

- The tooling and documentation behind the LSB is embarrasing, it has ridiculous CS 101 bugs. [1]

- aparrently, decisions are made for purely political reasons, last example is it was decided that mozilla-nss should be used instead of openSSL, this does not match the real world, there are only 132 packages using mozilla-nss and 1902 packages using openSSL in a complete distribution.
reading the rationale, it says it was adopted because it has FIPS compliance certification, commit to ABI stability (read, the same old, the same old cruft..) and a friendlier license.. (!?)

I hope you understand now why it is ignored, it is "Design by committee".


[1] just a little example

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