[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] [SLOBS] SoaS: Searching for Decision Panel volunteers.

Bernie Innocenti bernie at codewiz.org
Mon Sep 21 10:41:09 EDT 2009

El Mon, 21-09-2009 a las 10:14 +0200, Tomeu Vizoso escribió:
> Yes, the most obvious path is to be based on the next CentOS major
> release, which in turn will be based on Fedora 11 (AFAIK).
> Switching to other distros with LTS is of course possible but then it
> will be most probably carried out by a different team than SoaS
> Fedora.

The only reason you want a distribution to be long-term supported is
security updates, but those tend to affect mostly server applications
(which we don't have) or multiuser environments (and we have only one
user).  The only remaining pieces that may contain vulnerabilities are
the Activities.  Especially the web browser.

It's not even clear if *we* would ever be able to afford the cost of
long-term support cycles for Sugar itself, which is the part of SoaS
that matters the most.

At this time, however, we don't offer any way for users to install
updates *at all*!  This could definitely improve over time; for example,
we could integrate a UI for PackageKit.

For long-term security and support, we could adopt the Linux model: push
this concern down to the distributors and let them do a profitable
business out of it.

This creates a sustainable market for Sugar.  Linux distributors who
have successfully built a reputation for offering good customer support,
such as Red Hat, *do* make good profits and *do* reinvest a large part
of them to contribute back to Linux development.  Everyone wins.

   // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
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