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From Miles Elam <>
Subject Re: [design] Cocoon Blocks 1.1
Date Thu, 07 Nov 2002 20:27:49 GMT
With regard to block deployment and its similarity to general package 
management systems (deb, rpm, msi, etc.), should there be any discussion 
about central repositories a la Debian's stable, testing, and unstable?

A self-contained unit of code (component, package, whatever) is great, 
but there's something to be said for:

  apt-get install foo

It is so convenient in fact that many people used Debian or Debian-based 
distributions solely as a way to avoid the hunt you used to do for rpm 

How does a user find a package that does SVG if they've never heard of 
Batik?  They know that they want to use SVG and serialize, but then they 
must go to a web site, find the list of COBs, read the docs on each one, 
and download the appropriate one?  Are we expecting people to do a 
google search but with a modifier (which of 
course assumes they know to constrain the search there)?

My question is how should block directories and discovery be handled?  I 
guess it could be considered an implementation detail, but I think it 
should be brewing on the back burner in peoples' mind at least.  Having 
useful repositories requires more forethought than just a download 


- Miles

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