You have a way to install/updates/deletes software which nobody uses. Is
probably a great tool as there a so many developers using it. There is
no way comparing something like a licensed program to a linux packaging
system like apt/dpkg/etc...

... and as you have suggested a comparision with linux it seems that you
have no idea what you are talking about. I have upgraded a linux box 2
major version and one minor version in one evening. Hundreds of packages
were updates, many added and some deleted. It all went without any

... and I don't compare operating systems at this point. My whole point
is the packaging of normal software. Normal open source stuff.

You have your PTF stuff and licensed programs which probably has been
enhanced with some features but definitely has not progressed as the
rest of the world. Some may blame IBM for this. Yes, they could have
changed things. But so could have you (the community). But most people
keep waiting til IBM handles things. So stay and wait...


-----Original Message-----
From: rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul Nicolay
Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 5:55 PM
To: RPG programming on the IBM i / System i
Subject: RE: RPG from IBM's Perspective


Everybody is free to build a "licensed program"... that
installs/updates/deletes like any other IBM program.

Pointing to Linux is therefore a bit silly as we've the technology for
more than 20 years !

Kind regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Schmidt, Mihael
Sent: vrijdag 3 juli 2009 15:41
To: RPG programming on the IBM i / System i
Subject: RE: RPG from IBM's Perspective

Open source projects are nice to have but are a pain to manage as an end
user. On the System i platform every project packages their software in
a different way (... and packaging is more than putting a file in a save
file). Linux users/developers have realized that and have nice packaging
systems. The System i platform lacks of both os projects and a packaging
system to easily manage (install, query, remove, update, ...) such a

.. and who should jump on this? IMO most of the System i community has
made it clear through their lack of action that they have (almost) no
interest open source projects. Some individuals stand out from the crowd
but that's it.

My 2 cents.


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