developing on linux part 1
bobwarren at howsoft.com
Sat Mar 24 12:04:44 CDT 2007
[A whole lot of fantastic stuff]
Wow! Thanks for that, Peter. Perhaps in another 5 years or so, I'll know
half of what you know about Linux. Now that the Linux ball has begun to
roll in Rev, people like me need people like you, so don't go away, will
People need to discover the practicalities of dealing with Linux in
their programming, and there is a lot of bewilderment out there. I have
said repeatedly, "Let's kick off with Ubuntu", so much so that people
with an "either/or" way of thinking have started to get the wrong
impression, and some people are distinctly afraid of all this attention
to a single distro.
What I have in mind is a pilot scheme regarding Rev/Linux. Let's start
with Ubuntu itself, the most dominant and easy to use distro currently,
until we all know where we are and where we stand. Hell, that's already
1000% better than not using Linux at all! Once this has been done, then
the most natural thing is to move to Ubuntu-based Linuxes, and there are
quite a lot of them nowadays (including Mepis, Mint, etc., etc.). In
stage 3, the world is at our feet.
Rev have always been anxious to make their product as compatible as
possible with the greatest number of Linuxes. This is great. But in
practical terms during this initial stage, you only have to try using
Rev 2.6.1 with a few of them in order to very quickly discover the
problems involved. At this moment in Linux history, "compatibility" with
a great number of Linuxes is perhaps possible, but guaranteeing that the
Rev IDE works FULLY in more than a few Linuxes is probably impossible!
And that's to say nothing of our own Rev applications that might have to
face even more complex problems of compatibility.
To begin, we need a Rev Linux that works! Even if we select a single
Linux like Ubuntu to begin with, we need to remember that Linux
(including Ubuntu) is in a constant state of intensive development. For
example, as you might know, I produced a pair of File/Picture Chooser
Widgets for Ubuntu which included the detection and possible use of a
floppy diskette drive. Since my first version, Ubuntu have changed
completely the way they detect and mount floppies, and my widgets in
their original version don't work any more! And Ubuntu didn't ask my
opinion before they did it! So what is needed I think is the setting up
of some kind of dialogue between Rev and the Linux producers (in this
case Ubuntu) to make sure as far as possible that significant changes to
the internal functioning of the OS's don't completely clobber
applications such as those produced in Rev.
There are indications that RR are considering this idea.
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