Subject RE: [IB-Architect] Open Question to IB Developers
Author Niall R Scott
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Reeves [mailto:paul@...]
> Sent: 28 April 2000 22:30
> To:
> Subject: Re: [IB-Architect] Open Question to IB Developers
> Dalton,
> For the most part I am in agreement with you. Linux distros are
> not built with
> InterBase deployment in mind (yet). And I, too, spend an
> inordinate amount of
> time trying to work out which bits really are crap and which bits
> are just plain
> redundant. The installers are getting better but the granularity
> of installs is
> not quite there (for me at least.) It is difficult to decide just
> what is needed
> for a server install (no gui) and wading through the options when
> trying to do a
> developer install (non-kernel) is a real headache.
Too true!!
> I think an InterBase distro would be useful but maintaining it
> may be a bit of a
> problem. Of course if the demand is there (ie people paying for
> pressed CDs)
> then it would be worthwhile. However it may just be too much
> effort to keep it
> up to date. (Although that work ought to be fairly limited -
> security patches
> would probably see the biggest turnover of code.)
> An alternative may be a simple script that is run after a
> standard Red Hat or
> SuSE install. It just rips out the fluff and leaves the essentials.
Sounds like a good idea.

> And I must add one note of dissention. I believe Linux is popular
> because it is
> complicated. Developers are leaving windows because it has become
> too easy and
> developers never took to the Macintosh for the same reason. (I
> speak fairly
Not for me it ain't My frustration is knowing that things can be down but
not being able to find out how 'cos MS either don't tell you or use such
highly technical language that you'd probably be better of with no

> generally - there are lots of exceptions.) Ultimately there is
> just not enough
> to twiddle with in Windows and Linux represents the new
> challenge. Coming at the
> same time as the demonisation of Microsoft it is probably a
> truism to say that
> if Linux didn't exist someone would have invented it. Ultimately
> Linux is a
> developer thing and when that stops being true (ie it becomes
> really mainstream)
> then developers will move to something else.
I hope that I will be able to pack it in before then.

switch reminisce on
Any remember trying to build database apps in dbase II - C/PM when you could
only have 2 files open at a time.
Mind you I was lucky I had a whole 256k memory to play with (I'm just a
youngster :-))
switch reminisce off

Niall R Scott
Gryphon Software Development