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Johnson David DavidJohnson at
Wed Sep 17 15:55:19 PDT 2003

On Wednesday 17 September 2003 02:23 pm, Michal Pasternak wrote:

> Just port it from Debian... and tell ports maintainers to update
> their files. You need to have such "update-menu" description file -
> and you need to know, which package is a windowmanager, to also
> generate configuration for it.

The Debian way is nice, but we already have some pieces of our own that 
we should work with. I would say use Debian as inspiration and a source 
of ideas, but still do it our own way.

The more you have to tell port maintainers what to do, the more 
difficult it will be to get buy-in. So definitely get a prototype of 
something working first. It's an easier sell that way.

> Python seems a correct language to code such task in. Network
> infrastructure would be powered by Twisted Python
> (, GUI would be done via py-gtk2.

Stuff to be hashed out. Personally I think C/C++ is the best to code 
this in. And if I had to go with an interpreted language, I would 
probably pick Ruby. See how contentious this stuff gets!


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