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On Thursday 09 October 2003 01:08, Luca Barbato wrote:
> I suggest to think about the problems first, see how the other distro
> solved them and then find a solution that takes in account what the
> other did but also what they fail to accomplish.
> so Research fields should be, IMHO, problems&solution from the others,
I do not think that we should focus on what other distro's do. We should focus
on identifying problems that are there. After such a problem is identified we
should try to determine whether we think this problem needs to be solved by
gentoo (keeping the gentoo and desktop-research goals in mind). After that we
need to look at the solution to the problem. At this stage comes looking at
solutions by other distros.
This solving process has a number of stages. The first one being the
identification of possible solutions, and their costs (how much work are
they, and how "beautiful" are they etc.). Then we choose one solution to
implement and test. This involves trying to get approval by the people from
the projects that will be involved when it is actually put into gentoo. After
the test is successful, we are going to put it into the main tree, and put it
into action. Putting it into action involves making sure that our solution
will be maintained, if necessary by creating a team to do that maintenance.
However before we can think of finding problems, we first need to have a
policy on the following points:
- - Which problems do we handle? We only handle desktop problems, but when does
a problem qualify as being desktop.
- - How do we handle problems? Basically, do we follow the process described
above, or some other process.
- - What are the conditions for a solution to be acceptable.
- - Will we have a seperate cvs testing tree (overlay)?
- - How are we going to make sure that the solutions get out of the testing
tree, and in to the main distribution? Will we use GLEP's?
ps. I know it is nicer to think of solutions than of problems, and nicer to
think of problems than of procedures, but first things should go first. And
procedure comes first.
Paul de Vrieze
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