I really have to do some digging around the Maemo forums and see if anyone else understand this; why RPM? I get merging Maemo Linux and Moblin but shouldn't that involve the strengths from each distribution?
They seriously looked at DEB and RPM then chose the latter over and apt-get or aptitude management? This is like deciding to go offroading and choosing your Pinto instead of your Jeep. Unless they have done some serious work around the RPM package format or compiled all apt-get related tools to work with RPM; it's a big enough decision to turn me off Meego and I've been a frothing Nokia fan since discovering the Debian forked Maemo Linux on my N800 years ago.
I'd honestly like to understand the reasons behind that decision. Since Meego updates where announced for the N900, the packaging decision is probably the only sticking point for me. Simply put, the number of "crap, how do I fix this" RPM related issues I've had simple DEB solutions for alone cause me questions over this one.
MS is so big that can do that. MS = 93% linux = 0.8%
While no one really contributes to the kernel or other FOSS code for unselfish reasons, MS only contribution apears to be an update to the minimal code provided to make Linux based platforms run better under Microsoft's virtualization. I'd give them more credit if it was voluntary contributions to more general areas rather than one's meant to maintain Windows dominance. We'll see what MS latest "we love Open Source" anouncement actually results in though as one of the promises is code and information related to more general code areas. I'm personally open to the idea of a newer more resonsible fair-competition Microsoft, but I need to see ongoing actions not just marketing sound bites.
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