[Exherbo-dev] Two xz questions

Tom Trauth coffee71 at optimum.net
Tue Nov 16 12:39:07 GMT 2010

I see what you mean.  Thanks for the clarification.



-----Original Message-----
From: Ciaran McCreesh [mailto:ciaran.mccreesh at googlemail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:21 AM
To: Tom Trauth
Cc: 'Gaute Hope'; 'exherbo-dev'
Subject: Re: [Exherbo-dev] Two xz questions

On Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:36:49 -0500
Tom Trauth <coffee71 at optimum.net> wrote:
> That said, why are the Exherbo stages themselves zipped with the 
> still-unstable xz rather than the tried-and-true bzip2 when people are 
> strongly encouraged to use bzip2 instead?  Isn't that a tad 
> hypocritical?

Because I have nothing to do with the stages, and some of the people who do
don't have particularly fast upload speeds.

Also because stages are a temporary measure, not a permanent one.

> And I thought the packaging system was considered to be unstable until 
> exheres-1 comes out.

Yes, but once exheres-1 does come out, we don't want to have to go around
changing lots of things to use it. The idea is that we'll snapshot exheres-0
every now and again as a stable format.

> I'm not trying to be critical, I consider Exherbo to be the best 
> source-based distribution out there right now and cave to be the best 
> package management utility.  But I thought Exherbo was about being 
> cutting-edge, not about being super stable a la Debian.

"Cutting edge" doesn't mean "going out of our way to make things harder for
ourselves" or "not thinking our cunning plans all the way through".
Going "ooh, shiny!" and randomly jumping on new things before they're in any
way usable and regardless of practical utility is the Gentoo approach...

Ciaran McCreesh

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