[development] Drupal Modules and Linux Distros

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Wed Oct 25 12:14:22 UTC 2006

Op woensdag 25 oktober 2006 13:47, schreef Konstantin Käfer:
> To be honest, I can't really see the point in providing Drupal with a  
> Linux distribution. Most users won't need it and those who do are  
> usually skilled enough to do that themselves (at least they are using  
> Gentoo and not Windows). Packaging contrib modules doesn't make that  
> much sense to me as well because it's just unzipping a tarball into  
> the modules directory (or wherever you install the module to). The  
> actual installation has to happen inside of Drupal anyway.

I am involved in serveral hosting plans, and must disagree. 
Security comes first! with most hosters. What you state is one side of the 
story. Many developers of a syste (Joomla, Drupal etc) tend to think that the 
whole world evolves around their product and forget that many people offer 
Drupal as part of a range of options. You cannot seriously consider that they 
get into all the different falvours of security mailing lists, all the 
off-beat security release systems, and all the weird wais of communication 
(RSS, mailinglists etceteras). 

Having an option where you rely on one distributor, that centralises this for 
you, takes the hassle out of your hands and that maintains the software fore 
you, is for a lto of people a good option.

I am saying this, because the flamewar against packageers should stop here and 
now. We, Drupal, should help packagers. If we don't offer an infrastructure 
that allows packagers to ditribute our system in a properway, *then* we have 
a problem. 

And before people start thinking 'talk is silver yadiyadiya', I /am/ still 
maintaining sympal scripts[1], but am investigating a conversion to 
capistrano, because that will take some overhead from my shoulders; 
So lets try to come up with an infrastructure that allows distributors to do 
the distributing for us (then we can go back to developing Drupal) and lets 
encourage distributors, instead of telling them that "we have bad 
experiences" or that "we cannot see the point of having Drupal in a distro".  
Beleive me when I say that the decision to include Ruby on Rails in the next 
OSX server release will be another boom for that platform. Distribution 
matters, especially if its done poperly. We are the ones who can make it 
happen properly.

In the mean time,  Seemant Kulleen can have a look at the apt-get-alike module 
installer[2] by jmrenouard


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