Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Mar 2007 19:33 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Debian and its clones Debian Etch moves ever closer, and Ian Murdock - the project's founder - has been interviewed about Debian's politics, its lack of strong leadership, and Ubuntu's ever-growing fame. He feels that Debian is too enveloped in process and politics, making it impossible for anybody to make big decisions, thereby hindering the pace of development. In addition, on his weblog Murdock has announced he is joining Sun.
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RE[3]: dpkg
by iiifrank on Tue 20th Mar 2007 00:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dpkg"
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Why would you need dpkg when you already have pkg-get from Blastwave?

Since you ask, I'm guessing you have not used either apt or pkg-get for very long. Don't get me wrong...I love and use every day. It's made life as a Solaris administrator much better. But the difference in usability and functionality between Debian's package management and the combination of Sun's decrepit pkgadd +'s pkg-get is like night and day.

Even if pkgadd was updated to dpkg/rpm levels of functionality and pkg-get was a feature-complete clone of apt-get, you would still have the issue that does not fully integrate with Solaris fully since it installs its own versions of common libraries (gtk, gnome, ssl, etc.). It does this for a couple reasons. One reason is to maintain compatibility across the versions of Solaris that supports. Obviously, since Debian is a full OS it does not have that problem; it updates its software based on distribution release. The second reason is that Sun's own shipped versions of standard libraries and supporting utilities are so painfully old. cannot possibly hope to work with these old libraries and maintain newer versions of software.

Give both a real shot and you'll see why, despite's valuable contribution to Solaris, lots of people are very excited about today's news and hopeful that it means an improvement in Sun's package management and support of common open source software.

Edited 2007-03-20 00:07

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