Draft Product Description for Fedora Workstation

Miloslav Trma─Ź mitr at volny.cz
Wed Nov 6 18:34:54 UTC 2013


On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> I'm just having trouble wrapping my head around the intense focus on a
> new app packaging technology when the entire distro is making massive
> changes to how it's produced.

I think the trouble here is that the Linux Apps proposal (which is
being implicitly referred to) uses a single term to mix three
completely different problems, each of them difficult, and gives us a
single "package deal":

* Sandboxing as a protection mechanism (technically difficult - to
design, to migrate to, lots of work to implement)
* Bundling as a way to "solve" API/ABI breakage (not "technically
right" yet done and requested in practice, security concerns)
* Non-distribution mechanisms to get software from developers to users
(losing control/ability to integrate, making it easier for proprietary
software)

With the 2^3 possible combinations of likes/dislikes, almost everyone
has something to be intensely unhappy about.

On the other hand, the move to WGs has so far not resulted in any
drastic proposals to change what we are doing; it's easy to view this
as "different kinds of spins with more voting bodies".  I expect this
to change eventually, but not just now.
     Mirek


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