implemented features (Re: Decision time....)
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Wed Jun 6 14:17:26 PDT 2007
PkgSrc is something I agonized over for a long time. I really wanted
to develop my own. But the reality is that it would take a person
100% dedicated to that one aspect of the system to be able to do anything
good, and maintaining a large enough package pool is impossible for a
This means we really have no choice but to pool resources with someone.
Despite its major shortcomings (wanting a writable /usr/pkg directory
tree, and an inability to update packages without putting the system into
a half-upgraded state which might then fail to complete)... despite that,
it is the best we can do without limited resources.
The installer is one of those things where it is simply not possible to
please everyone. It just can't be done. There are too many variables.
My only major requirement for the DragonFly installer is that it have
an install-from-scratch feature that blasts the system and that it be
possible to boot the live CD (hence 'Live') into a fully working
environment. Supporting multi-system installs is not on my list,
primarily because it is impossible to get it right but also because
one has to operate under the expectation that users who do multi-OS
installs have some idea what they are about when they do it. We also
have a cop-out now, which is that it is much safer to do a single-OS
install in a virtual machine environment then it is to do it for real.
For any serious work a machine really has to be dedicated. If high
performance isn't an issue, then a virtual machine environment is just
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