CentOS Death in 2021
ahsoftware at sonic.net
Tue Dec 15 12:38:50 EST 2020
On 12/15/20 3:48 AM, Richmond via use-livecode wrote:
> 2. Stir up trouble.
> Personally I think that LiveCode central are being a bit @#$%^&*
> claiming that LiveCode
> is cross-platform and not saying they support more recent versions than
> Ubuntu 16.04 and so on.
> And stirring up trouble means that I think they deserve a collective
> kick in the source-code for that.
I may be in the minority on my opinion on this, and judging from the
feedback I expect from this post that may be an understatement, but...
I think the team is correct in this.
Support means more than "we think this works".
Since they currently build and test each released version on an older
linux distro, they can't really claim to "support" later versions, even
though we can empirically verify that there is essentially no difference
when running LC on other/later linuxes. Claiming support would mean
dedicating resources to changing the build process, verifying that the
resulting build performed to spec on whatever linux version, and also on
an ongoing basis dedicating support team resources to whatever issues
may arise on the newly officially supported platforms.
And at present there's very little ROI for making these changes. Even
the modifications that a few of us do contribute require redirecting
company resources to verify (or not) before merging into the corpus of
releasable code, and with the current worldwide situation I doubt
there's a lot of free time to squeeze into redirection from actual
Since Ubuntu's EOL date is coming up in the next few months, I expect
that the build platform may change soon. But since I can compile from
source here on linux mint 20 (Ubuntu based) (as long as I modify the gyp
file as in my PR) I don't expect major hiccups nor any major expense in
team resources from this migration.
> 3. As far as I can see (probably not very far), there is no difference
> in functionality between Xubuntu 16.04 and 20.10;
See above, but yes, I agree.
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