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Red Blood in the Emergency Room, Red Carpet on the Way - page 3

A polite debate

  • February 9, 2001
  • By Michael Hall

Last week, I promised a look at Red Carpet, the GNOME-based package installation/management tool Ximian has in the works. It was expected to be released this past Monday, but some last-minute issues pushed its release back according to Ian Peters of Ximian, who was kind enough to let me know that I'd have to find a new topic to procrastinate over until Thursday night (emergency room visit notwithstanding).

We spoke for a few moments about the decision, and Ian made the very good point that releasing a package management tool into the world that might have a few issues is, well, a bad idea. And I agree.

Dates slip, sometimes. The difference between a good company and a bad company, if it has to come down to missing a shipping date or waxing my entire hard drive with a run-amok package management tool, is that the good company will bite the bullet, swallow its pride and find every single reference to the original date and change it to something later, then call anyone who remembers differently a liar. And they'll release the software a little late.

In this case, it looks like Red Carpet's due for release around the 20th of this month, and I'll be taking a look when it's out.

The Emergency Room Revisited
O.k. So part of the story at the beginning of the column was fictional.

Yes... a very scary nurse with snake and dagger tatoos was there, and yes, he said he liked Linux. He even said he liked KDE, and I allowed as how I'd like a piece of paper because I owed a GNOME column, so he asked if I liked GNOME better, to which I replied:

"Yes. It's what I'm used to, and I've been following it since it was first possible to download it."

He said "I haven't tried it yet. It looks neat."

"It is," I said, "try it out. They're both free and pretty good."

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