What should we do with a drunken salesman?

Matthew Hawkins matthew at topic.com.au
Fri Aug 24 10:42:57 EST 2001

On Thu, 23 Aug 2001, Sean Neakums wrote:
> The primary reason APT works so well is because the Debs are built in
> rigid accordance (modulo human error/bugs in Lintian) to the Debian
> Policy.  It was reading the Debian Policy that convinced me to switch,
> not APT itself.
> The Debian Policy is available at:
> http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/

You've hit your head on the nail.

Also, packages in debian have a maintainer who is responsible for making
sure that package a) conforms to policy b) works on all architectures
supported by Debian and c) contains as few bugs as possible.

Redhat have no such QA whatsoever.  They have no policy.  They've got
lots of used car salesmen and a small collection of kernel hackers.
This is why their distributions are broken, full of security holes, have
lots of non-interoperable packages and they don't care because you've
already forked out your money for it (directly or indirectly) and their
shareholders are happy.


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