[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] [SLOBS] Long-term support for Sugar

Benjamin M. Schwartz bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Sep 21 19:13:51 EDT 2009

Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> What could be achieved with the .xo bundles that couldn't be achieved
> with an rpm?

Let's not talk about .xo.  ".xo" is just the JAR bundle format.

What can you do with JAR that you can't do with RPM?

1.  Produce them easily on any platform.
2.  Tell the unpacked manifest at a glance without unpacking.
3.  Be sure that no untrusted code needs to be run to perform the

There are many more things, mostly related to the dramatic simplicity of JAR.

I don't understand how switching bundle formats for Activities would win
us anything.

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