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Sierk Bornemann wrote:
I am primary a web developer, and my interest is very
high, that the
popular SUSE Linux offers tools to make a (web-)developer's life easier.
Fedora has an eye on developers, also Debian. Why not also SUSE? Making
the openSUSE platform interesting for developers more than ever before?
. As it happened
with my tidy and mod_tidy packages, I hope, my w3c validator packages
will be copyied to one of SUSEs FTP-Servers and offered from there to
the public (here again, I want to keep the traffic to my server in a
reasonable limit, that's because I hope, that somebody of Novell/SuSE
gives them a place on a public SuSE FTP server).
I don't see that happening as of now. Adrian is working on a new concept (aka
"build servers") where
such things will be possible, but it's only due end of Q1 2006.
Until then, we don't have all that much influence on what is included and/or updated
in SUSE Linux.
Besides that fact, it wouldn't help that much anyway, as once a SUSE Linux release is
feature-frozen. There won't be any feature updates, only critical bug- and
What you are looking for are short release cycles for your packages.
Hence, the best option would be to provide package repositories to the community.
For the sake of joining forces, making it easier for the end-user and if you don't
want to spoil
your bandwidth with downloads of your packages, you should join the Packman team and
packages over there. Packman would provide you with the whole infrastructure (you merely
upload your packages onto the Packman server, no other bandwidth would be used).
If you want to join, just send an e-mail on packman(a)links2linux.de and you'll get
information over there.
Concerning the W3C Markup Validator, I went on
optimizing it for local
use (the W3C developers themselves have an eye on it and made a lot of
adjustments). It's easy to install and configurate. Hints for
improvements are welcome (this belongs to the
validator as to tidy and
to mod_tidy). For the near future, I aim SUSE Linux packages of the W3C
Validator to be also mentioned on http://validator.w3.org/source/
(besides Fedora and Debian packages). I have strong encouragement from
the Validator Dev team in continuing so. and I still hope, Novell/SUSE
is able to give me more official assistance (minimum:
frequently the packages taken from me).
They can only be updated when SUSE Linux releases are made.
Hint: contact the package maintainer @SUSE directly by mail (look at the changelog of the
RPM included in SUSE Linux 10.0 ("rpm -q --changelog tidy | head -20" and take
the topmost) or file
a feature request on the openSUSE bugzilla.
Still, those packages would only be updated every 6 months.
Much better option: community repository (your own, Packman, ...)
So, have a look into my packages, try them out. Any
improvements and advocacy is welcome.
Send in the spec files ;)
-o) Pascal Bleser http://linux01.gwdg.de/~pbleser/
/\\ <pascal.bleser(a)skynet.be> <guru(a)unixtech.be>
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