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Gentoo Linux Rethinks Package Management System

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the after-all-rpm-is-better dept.

Linux 300

YOU ARE SO FIRED! writes "In an effort to conform to the LSB standards, Gentoo Linux will be adopting RPM as the standard form of package management in portage 2.1. More information can be found in the Gentoo weekly newsletter. I'd surely be fired if I would've proposed such an idea!"

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April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636032)

Oh wait... they're serious. Damn.

Re:April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636059)

Oh god... not another of theses days.

That's it, after last year I've decided I'm out of here for the day.

April Fool's on Slashdot. Is there anything worse?

Re:April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636068)

"April Fool's on Slashdot. Is there anything worse?"

Slashdot on a regular day?

Re:April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636244)

April Fool's on Slashdot. Is there anything worse?

Umm ... April Fool's Day in Basra?

First Post! (2, Funny)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636033)

And a Happy April to everyone!! :)

MOD +5 Troll (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636036)

Best Torll EVA

while I'm at it; fp!

Re:MOD +5 Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636056)

btw, for those of you on the pipe. The "mod +5 troll" is in reference to A)the story and B)the story submitter (YOU ARE SO FIRED); NOT the post. TIA.

-RLiegh

So funny I forgot to laugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636037)

My sides - please stop!

I'm so fired?! (1, Funny)

mewsenews (251487) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636039)

You can't fire me! I QUIT!

But (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636040)

it's not April 1st here yet.

Uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636043)

Why would they use the Redhat Package Manager? It sucks. Really. Just look at the slashdot blurb, even they know this.

Bad move.

*Gentoo is dying

F1rST P0st (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636044)

This is an honorable mention for Georg W. Bush (Dubya) and Rt. Hon. Lt. Don Rumsfeld.

The war is w0n!!

all iraq base are beschlong to us.

yerz,

Canadian Friends of America

Woo Hoo! (3, Funny)

0x7F (158643) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636047)

At last, we Debian users have a legitimate reason to snub Gentoo.

Just kidding! Happy April Fools' Day everybody.

Oh No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636049)

Can I be the first to call April fools

God damn it (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636055)

Fucking gentoo. GENTOO = SHIT

Its a fact. Deal with it.

So please, enjoy your hair

I propose (1)

ahkbarr (259594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636057)

that we all use RPM to manage our packages.

Ouch! I guess I want 0 rpms for my package.

Heh.. I was pissed for a second. (5, Funny)

R-2-RO (766) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636058)

I was pissed.. Until I realized the GWN is dated April 1.. Haha... damn.. had me for a few seconds there.. Bastards! :)

Re:Heh.. I was pissed for a second. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636114)

Pissed for a second, a moron for life. Such is the life of a lowly Gentoo user.

Re:Heh.. I was pissed for a second. (4, Funny)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636160)

Me too, I just switched from Debian to Gentoo over the last few weeks.
I was already forming the wording for my profanity filled forum post.

April fools again... (0, Troll)

Vrallis (33290) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636061)

Is this really a good preview of what's to come over the next 24 hours? Jeez...lame...

April fools just gets more sad every year...

Re:April fools again... (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636080)

Actually; I would agree with you except for who submitted the story. Being accepted was probably the last thing that particular troll was expecting.

Re:April fools again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636095)

Well, what can you expect. Gather a bunch of sweaty, pasty white, pear shaped, no life loser nerds and you are going to get sweaty, pasty white, pear shaped, no life loser nerd jokes, and all of the sweaty, pasty white, pear shaped, no life loser nerds think that the jokes are the funniest jokes EVER.

I might have to avoid /. tomorrow. Its just going to annoy the socks off of me.

Re:April fools again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636119)

I might have to avoid /. tomorrow. Its just going to annoy the socks off of me.

Given how bad your feet stink; I can't say you'll be sorely missed.

Truly a Dr Schols Icon!

Re:April fools again... (1)

cymen (8178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636251)

it ... doesn't ... stop ... for ... a ... long ... time ... come ... back ... in ... 24 ... hours ... just ... a ... bunch ... of ... wankers ... damn ... april ... fools ... it ... ain't ... funny ... no ... more ... pathetic

RPMs are why people migrated away (2, Flamebait)

Tiber (613512) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636063)

I can't speak for the community in general, but RPMs are the number 1 reason I started to avoid redhat. The idea that the build script et al is inside the package and kept away from the user is pretty absurd in my opinion. This was what drove me into the arms of BSD. Linux called me back for it's hardware support, but after a decision like this, I'll be hard pressed to stick with gentoo. Or, another perspective, how is this not debian, once and again?

PROVING.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636167)

there really is a sucker born every minute!

Re:RPMs are why people migrated away (4, Funny)

Trogre (513942) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636201)

hook, line and sinker.

Re:RPMs are why people migrated away (1)

TwP (149780) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636262)

Well, his/her/its user ID is 1e+5 greater than yours which means (s)he(it) was probably not around for April 1 last year. They'll figure it out around this time tomorrow.

Re:RPMs are why people migrated away (1)

Cheeziologist (596855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636259)

Wake up and smell the date

Re:RPMs are why people migrated away (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636271)

Firstly you are an April Fool. Secondly the fact that the build script is inside the package does not mean that it is "kept away from the user." If you want to look at it just get it out of the package for goodness sakes. Hint: The easy way is to 'install' the source RPM.

its a joke (0, Funny)

intermodal (534361) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636065)

this isnt even convincing

More Convience For Average People (1)

Obscenity (661594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636069)

The Red Hat Package Manager system is convienent for those of us who are not very capable at compiling source code and the like. It provides ease of use basically, and that is the objective I think that they are trying to obtain by conforming to the .RPM standard. Sure it may not be as complicated and therefore not as geeky, but it will save the not-so-nerdy people some time, which is good because the world needs to be exposed to more Open Source Software

Re:More Convience For Average People (1)

El Cubano (631386) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636175)

The Red Hat Package Manager system is convienent for those of us who are not very capable at compiling source code and the like

I have to disagree with you there. I started using Linux about 6 months ago as a complete n00b. I started out on RH8.0, just after it came out. After two weeks I was about ready to throw my laptop from a moving train. Then I asked one of my buddies at school what I should do to avoid the depndency mess in Red Hat.

He got me started on Debian. I was a bit leary at first because I'd never heard of it (I only knew about RH in the beginning). So, he helped me install it then he showed me how to use apt-get. I feel so strongly about the simplicity of apt-get over rpm now, that I would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.

I think it is even easier than installing windoze software at times, becuase if you have the wrong version of a library apt-get can find the correct version in the repository. Try navigating M$'s site for the right version of a DLL, or hunting down a library you need from rpmfind. It is a total waste of time.

Re:More Convience For Average People (1)

bubkus_jones (561139) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636206)

why not use the Debian package system as the standard? its implemented better, using apt. Enter one command and everything needed to install the program is downloaded and installed, no need to go hunting for various rpms of libraries that may or may not exist. or combine Gentoo's portage and Debian's Apt. This way, the user could decide whether to use a precompiled binary or the source code (where available).

Re:More Convience For Average People (1)

BHearsum (325814) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636216)

It will save people time as long as they only use apps that have RH packages. I tried getting Eterm. No official packages. I tried installing a non-distro specific package, RPM HELL. I ended up compiling it.

Update systems like that don't work unless you can either a) You can tell people what they want, or b) You can give people what they want.

Neither of which can be done all the time. And an RPM system is the most horrible thing to try and compile things on.

Re:More Convience For Average People (4, Informative)

kwiqsilver (585008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636255)

1. It's a joke. (Look at the calendar. Don't believe anything you read on slashdot in the next 24 hours).
2. You obviously know not of what you speak. RPMs are more complicated than Gentoo ebuilds or debian debs.
With Gentoo you type:
# emerge enlightenment
You don't have to know anything about C, C++, Python or even shell scripting. All you have to know is your architecture and the optimizations you want (and the detailed docs are very newbie friendly).
with debian type:
# apt-get install enlightenment
Either distro will then install E, X, and all required libs/programs.
Both distros have centralized package repositories (free of charge) that contain everything I've ever needed, tested for full compatibility.

With rpm, you find the package, download it, type the rpm command, get an error about libWhatever.X.Y.Z.so being required, spend hours figuring out what package has libWhatever.X.Y.Z.so, go to bed three hours late, because you were looking for the package, ..., get home from work exhausted the next day, look for that package, find a few rpms compiled for a different distro, architecture, gcc version, or rpm version, scream in disgust, and then switch to Debian or Gentoo.

Re:More Convience For Average People (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636284)

amen broder i mean when you want to install a simpel app like xmms who would like to use hard and complicated methods like typing emerge xmms
and wait while evrything you need fore xmms and xmms is installed. when you can use the simplicity of rpm and download the nice rpm from rpmfind or wathever then run rpm -i xmms.yadayada.rpm to see wath other packages it needs the go back to rpmfind and download those packages and try to install them after ofcourse downloding the dependicys fore those packages.

yepp you really hit the nail why use somthing so complicated like emerge when you can have the simplicity of rpm.

(xmms was just used as an exampel)

Hmm (3, Insightful)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636072)

2 april fools posts in a row, hope this isnt like last year where every damn article was fake.

I remember 2 years ago only a few were fake, that was fun, but last year got boring and annoying real fast.

You Suck! (4, Funny)

Bios_Hakr (68586) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636073)

My heart jumped about 3 feet before I rememberd it is April 1.

I'll just remember to disregard everything for the next 24 hours.

Come to think of it, most of the stories are misleading anyway. Why should 1 April be any different.

Re:You Suck! (0, Redundant)

cryms0n (52620) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636088)

My heart jumped about 3 feet before I rememberd it is April 1.

Ditto.

I'll just remember to disregard everything for the next 24 hours.

Yup.

Re:You Suck! (1)

kaworu-sama (608217) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636151)

I just let out so many profanities i think i broke the Internet
http://www.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/01/02 34215&mode=thread&tid=106

User breaks Internet due to fake post, web site sued for millions.
Just keep that in mind for the next 22 hours.

April Fool's (2, Informative)

Mr.Ned (79679) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636078)

http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=gentoo-user&r=1&w= 2 [theaimsgroup.com]

Check the above link for some of the gentoo-user mailing list archives - discussion started a few minutes after the newsletter went out. Common consensus is that it's April Fools - killing the package management system that makes Gentoo unique and requiring X is just too big a step to make without any discussion on the gentoo-dev list. Kurt did a really good job on this one if Slashdot bit!

Re:April Fool's (1)

spencerogden (49254) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636172)

>Kurt did a really good job on this one if Slashdot bit!

Right... Because Slashdot always does it best to avoid April Fools stories. Erroneous stories are posted all year round, but on 4/1 they have an excuse..

The worst thing about April 1st.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636079)

is that *somewhere* in the world, it's that day for quite a long time, and /. has a longer open season of dumb jokes ;)

Pardon me, come again? (1)

EvilAlien (133134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636083)

<panic>I can hardly believe that I just read that Gentoo would adopt RPM. The backlash for this move should be significant! NOOOOOOOOO!</panic> "Note: This is an April Fool's joke.". Gotta love it.

Of course, its quite comforting to get this news on April 1st rather than any other day. I think I'll observe a day of mourning for what could have been, and then get back to compiling updates from source on April 2nd. Hehe.

What this really means (2, Insightful)

Ignorant Aardvark (632408) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636091)

It must be getting around that time of year ... April, huh?

that's not funny! (4, Funny)

jhoffoss (73895) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636092)

I just had a f***ing heart attack, until I thought about that for a minute or two. First time (in ALL honesty) I've EVER been taken in by an April Fool's joke. Shame on you, DRobbins! SHAME ON YOU!!!

Re:that's not funny! (1)

Luke-Jr (574047) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636134)

I assure you DRobbins was quite a bit more pissed about it than you are.

Re:that's not funny! (2, Funny)

Temporal (96070) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636170)

Are you saying you would have believed this article on any other day? This is Slashdot, after all. :P

Re:that's not funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636225)

You mean to say this is the first time you actually REALISED you have been taken in by an April Fool's joke. You can stop searching on how to set the Evil bit in IPV4 headers now.

Special effect noise needed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636096)

That sound in cartoons *boing*. Like a spring popping through a couch. Or the innards of a watch flying out. *Boing!*

*Boing!* *Pop!* *Crack!*

"Hey, that sounds like Bill logging into the server with his new Gentoo install!"

Doggy style (1)

ahkbarr (259594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636097)

I want to see this post translated to Snoop Doggy Style...

"Ho, lizzen up! In a izzeffort to conform to da LSB stizzandards, Gizzentoo Linux will be..."

Anyone care to trizanslate this mo betta? My Doggy Style is rusty.

West Coast is Confused (2)

Obscenity (661594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636100)

Unfortunately all of us West-Coast people who dont realize that there is a time difference dont have the April 1'st status displaying on our computer clocks. We're ovbiously in the dark here.

Re:West Coast is Confused (1)

Fester213 (125261) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636124)

What timezone does slashdot run on? It isn't midnight in ET yet either.

They go me! (1)

Mullen (14656) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636101)

Alright, I read the previous story and saw right through it and then fell for this. I am truly an April's Fool.

Re:They go me! (1)

jhoffoss (73895) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636174)

to my credit, I loaded /. while there were no comments posted on this story and saw that immediately, so no other 4/1 jokes entered my brain prior.

#gentoo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636103)

After chaos in #gentoo for a few hours, drobbins gets back to find himself Query-spammed. He has assured everyone that it was a joke... and that it was not the least bit funny.

Debian? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636106)

This gives more reason to use Debian, the only Microsoft endosed operating system in the entire world that's also the Universal Operating system. The next version of debian could be had for 7 dollars per month. Beats any evercrack subscription.

Um... (1, Insightful)

BlueGecko (109058) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636107)

...couldn't we at least hold off April Fool's jokes until--and I admit this is a long shot--April Fool's Day?

It isn't our fult America is behind the times (1)

rmlane (589573) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636178)

It -is- April Fools Day in a largish chunk of the world. In fact, if you take noon as the traditional cut off for jokes, April Fools day had already finished in Australia by the time this was posted.

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636224)

Too bad americans think that the day starts on their east coast.

Well it is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636227)

Just because it isn't April 1 in your slice of the world doesn't mean it isn't anywhere else.

As a matter of fact, the time where I live is 2:35pm April 1st. So I guess I could rightly ask why it has taken so long for most news sites to get into the April Fool's day spirit.

JC

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636233)

GMT is the home of time, it's now 6ish in the morning.

aperil foos (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636109)

Yeah, it sure would suck if there was a way for all linux users to install binary distributions without a ton of headaches!

good thing you still have to build everything from source to make sure it works.

phew! you had me going.

Re:aperil foos (1)

bubkus_jones (561139) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636153)

Jeez, I nearly choked on my pasta when I read that! What evil sick mind begat this????

*timothy is a dumbass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636117)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: timothy is a dumbass

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Slashdot community when IDC confirmed that timothy is being a dumbass yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of his former intelligence. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that timothy is a dumbass, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. timothy is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive IQ test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict timothy's future. The hand writing is on the wall: timothy faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for timothy because timothy is a dumbass. Things are looking very bad for timothy. As many of us are already aware, timothy continues to be a dumbass. Crappy articles flow like a river of blood.

All major surveys show that timothy has steadily declined in intelligence. timothy is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If timothy is to survive at all it will be among Slashdot dilettante dabblers. timothy continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle
could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, timothy is a dumbass

mod up plz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636152)

Gentoo forms Strategic partnership with Microsoft (1)

afsthumper (233853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636121)

And they also patent their emerge utilities, and sell them to the U.S. Treasury Department for $20 million, which should fund Gentoo for at least 120 more years.

cat /dev/taxpayers > irs | grep -i April_fools

fooled me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636126)


I was gonna write this tirade about how USE variables are the coolest thing about Gentoo.. and then it hit me.. doh! I think I'm just gonna hibernate for the next 24:15(I'm in US eastern so my guard isn't supposed to be up yet.. yea.. that's the ticket!).

I am a sucker (1)

Captain Rotundo (165816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636129)

I have to say, I am off my game this year, one story, and I already fell for it. I clicked through to the story thinking "what the hell, this is soo stupid"....

Three words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636132)

Fuck you Slashdot.

Oh oh. Another 3 words oh so more clever than the last.

Pieces of shit.

Oh oh. I'm so clever and funny! Mod me! Mod me! You fucking fags.

And I quote (1)

spreerpg (530354) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636133)

"Note: This is an April Fool's joke."

April fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636135)

Aaron Brown interviewed famed peace activist Daniel Ellsberg today, employing his trademark fair, balanced, and highly thoughtful style.

Here is a transcript of the complete interview.

BROWN: Mr. Ellsberg, it's good to see you again sir.

The Iraqi political strategy is in large part to use the anti-war demonstrations around the world to create political pressure on the coalition governments to stand down, cease fire and stop the war. In that regard, are you playing into the hands of what I think you would even acknowledge is a very bad regime.

ELLSBERG: Certainly a very bad regime. Whose judgment were you just describing, that that's Saddam's strategy? I don't know what his strategy is, do you?

BROWN: Do you, do you dispute that this is a reasonable interpretation of what Iraqi political strategy is?

ELLSBERG: I really don't know. As a matter of fact it's clear that the advisors that Secretary Rumsfeld has been advising and relying on, including Richard Perle who apparently just left today, was extremely bad at understanding Saddam. Certainly I don't pretend to, I haven't been to Iraq and I guess none of them have.

I have been in combat, and I do have, as a civilian (I was a trained Infantry officer in the Marine Corps) and I do have some sense of how men in the field react, and I imagine that some of that applies to Iraqi soldiers as well as to American soldiers. I doubt very much whether either of them are looking principally at CNN, frankly.

BROWN: Well I hope that soldiers in the field aren't looking at CNN but I think, it strikes me, Dr. Ellsberg, that we veered a little there. Let me try and re-frame the question. If the Iraqi political strategy is to use the anti-war movement to put pressure on the coalition to cease fire, don't - whether that's the case or not -

ELLSBERG: That implies a rather delusional aspect of Saddam Hussein that I don't have any confidence in. If you really think that Saddam Hussein is relying on reading newspaper accounts or seeing media accounts of people, handfuls of people or thousands of people, lying in the streets, and relying on that to influence, shall we say, President Bush? I didn't see it happening in getting into this war, and I don't think Saddam is so foolish as to think that his own safety, as a tyrant in that country, depends on us. So I really think that's an irrelevant question.

BROWN: Do you not think that the anti-war movement -

ELLSBERG: In fact I think that's very naive. I think that one who thinks - that goes back - I think that's just a way, really, of the administration trying to quell dissent in this country. Such theories - and really, they're theories of Saddam Hussein - are not very good. That's a great part of the crisis this country is in, right now.

BROWN: Do you think the anti-war movement of this time will be, in any way shape or form successful in the way that ultimately the anti-war movement was in encouraging an end to the Vietnam War?

ELLSBERG: Well really the anti-war movement had it's effect primarily after months and years of body bags had come home and I pray, I hope that that is not going to be the basis for success - of any kind of - I hope that doesn't happen, in a word, and I don't know anyone, in the movement opposing this war, who wants that.

I would be very happy, by the way, to see Saddam leave, dead or alive at this moment, to see all of his troops defect, to se his generals defect as apparently was confidently predicted - that confidence was very foolish - and I think by the way, should undermine Bush's confidence in the judgment of the people who have been advising Rumsfeld, and think of replacing them, very quickly. I would like to see that but it doesn't seem to be happening at all. I never was confident that that would happen.

Really I don't think many people on those streets have very much confidence at all that they will influence President Bush. He doesn't seem to listen to a majority even, let alone a minority of the people, after all, a majority did not vote for him. I don't think they expect to be very move - or to move, either Saddam Hussein or George Bush. But I do think that they are speaking to each other, and to the country, and to the world and I think that's for the good of this country to hear, the world hear, that there are many Americans who feel this war is deeply wrong, and we're in a crisis.

BROWN: Dr. Ellsberg, I'm sorry to interrupt, thank you for your time and we appreciate your joining us tonight.

LSB and Package Management Specifications. (4, Interesting)

SuperBug (200913) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636141)

IMHO, something I've long thought about regarding LSB is that there should be a Package Management specification. Much like the way IEEE defines specifications for things, ANSI, ISO, and so on.

After that, it should be up to a developer to decide how to implement that standard and thus conform to it. I like RPM. It's pretty easy to write for and deal with, at least for me, but I feel it is lacking a lot of things that I think it should have by now.

It should be more modular, with regards to how package .spec files are written. It should provide more feature sets. i.e. Why does redcarpet, up2date, urpm, and others provide auto package dependancy checking and fulfillment while the standalone "rpm" base program doesn't? Yes, I know apt does, but I'm speaking only from within the realm of RPM. There are similiar tools available that do different things, on the same side of the fence.

This is why I believe a full-on specification for what RPM is should be better established than it is today. IMHO, this offers people a much better reason to decide rpm over apt or apt over rpm or whatever else, when the playing field is leveled.

Wishful thinking I guess.

Almost had me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636144)

This one had me going, until I read the comment highlighted in GREEN. I'm reminded of initials... RTFsomething or other... bah.

This has to be an april fools joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636150)

Simply because Gentoo would never do something to deliberately make their system easier to install and, more importantly, maintain (unless, that is, you think that the reason other distributions are so cumbersome to use is that they have actual installation programs).

RPM retired soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636157)

It's scandal !!!
Red H. is going to retire this format pretty soon and
we hear something like this.
I defenitely move to Winoppix Xp today

From the page "Note:This is an April Fool's joke." (1)

jbwiv (266761) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636163)

Apparently they don't have a lot of faith in their users' sense of humor and ability to figure things out for themselves... ;-)

Re:From the page "Note:This is an April Fool's jok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636183)

They added that note after they released it. Apparently the heat started mere seconds after it was released in the forums and that cap'n drobbins wasn't too pleased.

Re:From the page "Note:This is an April Fool's jok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636218)

Can we say "diblitatingly humor impaired"...?

Thank GOD it's April Fool's... (4, Funny)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636180)

...We wouldn't want our various versions of Linux to actually agree on ONE standard for package management, after all! :P

I see. (1)

cjpez (148000) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636182)

... and so it begins!

I really believed it for a moment (1)

Gajon (573633) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636185)

Damn I really got scared to bones!.. I live in Mexico and here we dont have aprils fool, we do have an equivalent but on another day... You really got me unprepared

Only found here on Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636190)

Other April Fools posts coming soon:

- Microsoft to open source upcoming DRM server

- Keanu Reeves to be cast for undisclosed role in Star Wars: Episode III

- Sun and Microsoft to announce new Java product compatible with Common Language Runtime

- OpenBSD runs unmodified on upcoming Playstation 3, XBOX 2 support unknown

- Star Trek's Rick Berman and Star Wars creator George Lucas to collaborate on new SciFi/Fantasy movie

- Finally, Rob Malda previews new Slashcode release with intergrated spell checking, link tester, and duplicate article finder.

Re:Only found here on Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636221)

All slashdot trolls drop the AC account, and live happly ever after as polite /. users.

Not April Fool's joke (1)

jsse (254124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636192)

It appears before 1 April so I must be true. I've found drobbins the other day in a pub surrounded by hot chicks wore nothing but undersized red-hat t-shirts. He was sold obviously. It was not suprising in view of his track record - I really saw him speaking good of all-evil-gnu-veiled JFS [ibm.com] , while he should have praise the other pure GNU projects which don't have backed by evil-empires-as-you-know-them, and then I saw buckets of money on his desks with blue thank you notes. He has been sold no less than once, why would I surprise next time he migrate .NET to Gentoo!

I've been on alert that it is april fools day... (1)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636204)

...since my GNOME fish [fifi.org] died last night.

Every single time... (2, Funny)

TechScared (212975) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636212)

sick sons of bitches...

Gentoo also releasing distro for 8086 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636217)



Pull out those IBM PCs & XTs. Dust them off. I actually have some still in use in a chem lab.

Gentoo has been working on a stripped down version, similar to the embedded versions, that will run on the old 8086 and 8088 processors. Only 256 KB of ram will be needed, and it will load and run from a floppy drive, so my PCs with two 5 1/4" floppy drives and no hard drive will work.

Not much, but I can put them to use for dedicated work such as monitoring fan speeds, starting and shutting down ventilation fans, lighting, perimeter alarms, etc.

Are there any mailing lists for 8086/8088 users?

Anybody else have creative uses for these old workhorses?

It's still March on the west coast. (1)

norweigiantroll (582720) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636219)

Besides, didn't fool me for two seconds. Gentoo is all about sources.

April Fools? (1)

boola-boola (586978) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636226)

...too bad in all of Central and Western US, it's still March 31st. Joke's on YOU! :-)

Troll: RPM Recursive Acronym (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5636229)

RPM Preferred by Morons

The only thing that pissed me off about this... (1)

Metalhead01 (587101) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636236)

was that they included security updates with this little joke. Other than that, it was a good joke! Caught me off guard for a second. :)

April Fools' (1)

Shazow (263582) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636242)

No one ever takes an article posted on April 1st with any seriousness.

One of these days, it'll be like "Saddam fights back against Bush! Thousands of Iraqi troops entering American borders." and we'll all be like "GahahaA!!"

Next thing we know, we're all wearing turbans and riding mules to work. ..It could happen!

- shazow

conspiracy points! (4, Insightful)

ctar (211926) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636246)

I give them points for the level of involvement they went to in order to make this convincing...I was thinking about my own April Fool's stories to submit, but then I thought, "What will I link to?!" This confirms that gentoo is not only a great distro, but has a sense of humor, too!

Whats next? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636254)

Oh, I know... USA lost the war and the new America president is Saddam Hussein. Or better. Bush and Saddam reached a truce ezchanging countries. so now Saddam is the president of USA and Bush of Irak.

Don't know if this will be funny, just ask how funny felt the gentoo fans about a rpm migration (at least it could had been a migration to .deb)

Nice one! (4, Insightful)

TheFrood (163934) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636258)

This was a clever April Fool's post. It caught me by surprise. Well done, Slashdot.

Of course, what I'm not looking forward to is the next twenty-four hours, when Slashdot will be filled with nonstop April Fool's jokes, completely defeating the purpose of April Fool's day.

TheFrood

what about mod points? (1)

lactose99 (71132) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636275)

I just got my 5 superanifty mod points, and its 15 minutes (EST) into April Fools' Day. How in the hell am I supposed to use these things now?

april 1st (1)

pavera (320634) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636276)

the 1 day every year that nerds throughout the world refuse to acknowledge that actual news might happen, and decide to just play jokes on each other all day...

One thing to say. (1)

Soko (17987) | more than 11 years ago | (#5636277)

bash#>rpm -e April_Fools.4.1.20-03.src.rpm

Soko
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