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Date: 2008-01-28 (17:25)
From: Peng Zang <peng.zang@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] The OCaml Community (aka back from the Developer Days)
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Hear, hear.  I cannot express how happy I am to hear a move towards the Linux 
model.  Not that INRIA has done a bad job, but they have limited resources 
and the Linux model provides a fix -- a way to leverage the community, an 
opportunity for us to give back =]


On Monday 28 January 2008 06:27:41 am David Teller wrote:
> Let me rephrase the idea.
> At the moment, OCaml follows a model comparable to the JDK:
> * One True Distribution
> * every single file in the distribution is managed by INRIA (e.g. at the
> moment, that .5 person full-time)
> * bug reports are managed by INRIA
> * nothing from the distribution may be fixed or improved by
> third-parties.
> The opposite model is the Linux model:
> * a small number of developers concentrate on the kernel
> * the kernel may be downloaded by itself although that's only
> interesting for few people
> * a large number of developers work on everything besides the kernel
> * yet other developers consider the work of the previous group, test it,
> manage and turn it into distributions
> * most people don't even know that the kernel may be downloaded alone,
> because they choose from a distribution.
> The idea, here, is to *eventually* move from a JDK model to a Linux
> model. Large steps have already been undertaken in that direction, with
> GODI, the Debian packages, the Fedora packages, etc. The next step would
> be to make this the official way of getting OCaml for the end-user. Of
> course, this requires solving a number of problems, such as Windows
> binaries, etc.
> CPAN-like things are being discussed. Sylvain Le Gall has ideas and some
> of the infrastructure ready, so we're waiting for him to start a thread
> on this subject.
> Well, I only have good things to say about installing OCaml in Debian or
> Cheers,
>  David

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