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From: Luke-Jr <luke-jr@g.o>
Subject: Re: Future focus area for the project
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2003 23:49:11 +0000
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On Sunday 30 November 2003 11:08 pm, Karl Trygve Kalleberg wrote:
> We discussed on the IRC channel today. One of the things that came up
> was which major problem area we should try to tackle, that is, which
> setting are we focusing on?
All! :)
> 
> ) Corporate desktop
> ) Home user/End-user
These are pretty similar in the end, I think.
> 
> ) Embedded systems
The only way to currently do this is to make an image on a full system and 
move it to the embedded system. For a true Embedded Gentoo, we need a way to 
fetch ebuilds on demand and not have a local portage tree.
> 
> We realise that we don't have enough manpower to solve everything, so
> we should probably start by picking a somewhat suitably sized problem and
> attacking it.
Corporate/Home are similar enough to attack at the same time. Embedded isn't 
really for -desktop, but for -embedded. =p
> 
> Examples of "suitably sized problems" may be
> ) Printing for home users
CUPS/KDE == easy printing already
> ) Deployment of Gentoo on 50+ identical desktops
InGen handles this easilly once complete.
> ) Proper plug'n'play support for USB devices
USB mouse works fine. USB networking does not, though.
> ) Nicer package upgrade and installation
>   - I want a directory of packages that the user can peruse before
>     installing.
A website with links to portage://packagename would work better, I think....
>     In that directory, I want for each package: 
>     - a screenshot
....especially if we include screenshots.
>     - a long and thorough description, including license, deps
>     - a link to the package's home page
>     - a link to the package's currently open bugs, who's the 
>       maintainer
This would *require* that it be on a webpage =p
>     - suggested accompanying packages

Overall, I think the Portage tree should become a cache before much of this is 
implemented. Hopefully portage-ng will support that.
- -- 
Luke-Jr
Developer, Gentoo Linux
http://www.gentoo.org/
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