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From: Luke-Jr <luke-jr@g.o>
Subject: Re: Desktop-ready package administration
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 23:38:09 +0000
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On Sunday 30 November 2003 11:19 pm, Karl Trygve Kalleberg wrote:
> ) Use flags.
>  - we should have a cascading scheme of useflags
>   /etc/portage/useflags/default
>   /etc/portage/useflags/use.dev-lisp
>   /etc/portage/useflags/use.dev-lisp.bigloo
What is the purpose? Sticky USE flags would make all this unneccesary...
> 
> ) Pinning
>  - It must be trivial to "pin" a package on a system, telling portage
>    that under no circumstance should this package be upgraded.
I believe one can use package.mask to mask all versions of the package except 
that one.
> 
> ) Blocking
>  - It must be trivial to "block" a package on a system, telling portage
>    that under no circumstance should this package be installed.
See package.mask...
> 
> ) Sticky USEs
>  - When I do USE="foo bar" emerge foo, then emerge sync, then emerge foo, 
>    I want "foo bar" to be used. That is, when I upgrade a package, I want
>    each package to retain their original use flags, overriding the
>    global default
Yay. It would be nice if we could tell it to reapply USE="foo bar" to the new 
default USE flags, though.
> 
> Binaries
> 
> We should put out a complete GRP for a some of the desktop environments,
> and focusing on keeping these up to date with any new developments we do.
> I propose KDE, GNOME and XFce. 
I think it would be good to get p2pcc working and if neccesary for security 
purposes, default users to only use binaries compiled completely by devs...
> 
> When/if we add proper printing support (with printer autodetection,
> network printing, yadda-yadda), it should work in _all_ our supported
> environments. If not, we should reduce our officially supported
> environments so that we can ensure proper support for all of them.
CUPS/KDE make a very nice combination for printers. I don't see a reason to 
break this. If GNOME/XFce/etc do not have decent support, they could/should 
be changed to use CUPS...
- -- 
Luke-Jr
Developer, Gentoo Linux
http://www.gentoo.org/
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