Re: componentized linux and "sarge"
From: Simon Kitching (simon_at_ecnetwork.co.nz)
To: Ritesh Raj Sarraf <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 17:53:42 +1200
On Thu, 2004-08-12 at 17:46, Ritesh Raj Sarraf wrote:
> Hello all,
> was just reading about componentized linux, Progeny etc.
> Found the idea of comoponentization excellent. I just got
> amamzed/confused with the following statemnt from Progenty.
> "Progeny Debian 2.0, A componentized linux distribution is based
> and closely related to Debian Sarge".
> So, I'm happy with sarge. Is sarge componentized ??????
As I understand it, Progeny are building some "meta-packages" (aka
"components") which reference carefully selected groups of standard
The idea (I think) is that you choose the appropriate Progeny
meta-package and get a set of normal debian packages installed which
Progeny has selected for quality and tested as a group.
I imagine they'll offer things like a "mailserver" metapackage, a
"firewall" metapackage, etc.
Anyway, that's how I understand it. The description of "componentized
linux" on the progeny site is rather abstract and difficult to
understand. An interview I saw with Ian Murdock wasn't much easier to
understand either :-) I do quite like the concept (assuming I've
understood it right). You can get the same effect with normal Debian,
but only if you know things like which individual packages you need to
achieve your task, which of them is the best quality, which have the
best security patch response period, and which ones integrate well
together. Not that easy to figure out sometimes..
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