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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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