Board efforts: scope, concept, and permission?
przemek.klosowski at nist.gov
Wed Feb 3 20:11:44 UTC 2010
On 02/03/2010 11:46 AM, Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-02-03 at 11:23 -0500, Przemek Klosowski wrote:
>> I don't understand why 'Electronic Design Lab' is a separate spin: if I
>> install all the EDA-related packages that it contains, would I not get
>> an equivalent capability?
>> The only reason I can think of is the media capacity limitation, which
>> forces dropping some packages to make space for someone's desired set
>> which is not already part of the mainstream collection.
> There is also the issue of multiple providers of a given functionality.
> When all are present, an algorithm tries to pick the "best" provider,
> which may not make sense to a human, but every human is different. By
> breaking up the large package set into a smaller subset, one can short
> circuit that "best" selection by only having one provider for that given
What do you mean by 'functionality'? Is it what's provided by an RPM
package? This would suggest that packages in spins would be functionally
different---which is a little uncomfortable to me, because how can I
ever know that I have the best version of every tool? To make sure I
would have to try all the tools from all the spins, in principle.
> FEL exists for the reason you stated above, but also as a marketing
> tool, as it is very easy to install from a Live image, you had somebody
> a disk and say "install this, you'll have an electronics lab". Much
> easier than handing them a stack of DVDs and saying "Start this install,
> select this package here, this group there, remove this package here,
> format accordingly, and hopefully you got all the right selections
I have a generic Fedora install with an 'Electronics' tab in the
'Applications' menu. I got it after I selected it from the Engineering
section in the yumex GUI, I believe. This is preferable to me, as
compared to installing a separate spin.
I can see a psychological difference here. I am used to having one
computer on which I do everything, from watching youtube videos to
designing PCBs, rather than several computers for specialized tasks.
Maybe the kids today see it differently :).
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