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    SubjectRe: What is up with Redhat 7.0?
    Sound like "Embrace and Extend" with a different flavor, similar effect.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@MIT.EDU>
    To: "Marc Lehmann" <>
    Cc: <>
    Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2000 1:37 AM
    Subject: Re: What is up with Redhat 7.0?

    > It's not just gcc which RedHat did this to. They do this regularly with
    > the kernel (where they've used 2.2.17preXX kernels), glibc (they are
    > shipping with a beta of glibc 2.2 in RH 7.0), XFree-86 (they're using an
    > unstable snapshot of XFree86 taken from the CVS repository --- the
    > XFree86 folks I talked to weren't impressed with the stability of the
    > snapshot they took, and weren't entirely happy with RH's decision), etc.
    > At this point, I can only hope and pray that Ulrich Drepper doesn't
    > choose to make any backwards incompatible changes between 2.1.94 and
    > 2.2. He's within his rights to do so, but if he does, it will make
    > RedHat possibly incompatible with all other Linux distributions.
    > Sigh, we've had ISV's already complaining that it's too hard ship
    > versions which are compatible with all the various distributions.
    > Unfortunately it may be that RH 7.0 isn't going to help things in this
    > regard. Hopefully ISV's will be able to figure out for themselves that
    > it would be a Bad Idea to develop applications under RH 7.0, since it
    > might compromise their cross-distribution portability.
    > If you don't like this, I suggest you send mail complaining to RedHat.
    > Customer complaints are going to be the only way that RH is going to be
    > influenced not to play games like this....
    > - Ted

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