[arch-dev-public] Fwd: Goals / Mission Statement

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 12:37:38 EDT 2007

Below is Essien's response to this thread....

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From: Essien Ita Essien <me at essienitaessien.com>
Date: May 31, 2007 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [arch-dev-public] Goals / Mission Statement
To: Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com>

My own goals are kinda selfish... but then aren't we all?

1. Like others... I want a lean, clean and mean system that is
transparent and has a compact API (yes... distros have APIs... for
Arch... its /etc/rc.conf)

Which leads to:

2. A distro that helps and actively encourages distro builders to base
on it for serious applications.

which leads to:

3. Provide easy to use tools for extending working with ArchLinux and
derived distros... with increased emphasis on the derivation tools.
Basically, I'm saying promote stuff like archboot, devtools to first
class citizens like pacman and makepkg.

4. Even though the distro has a clean and transparent API, we should
still have scripts to manage and administer base system, so we should
either provide them or foster and environment where such are provided.
For instance, I have a script which i deploy on my servers to do stuff like:

service httpd [start | stop | status]

which i'd like to extend to do:

service httpd [autostart-on | autostart-off]

I'm sure a lot more have little utilities for doing stuff like that...
if those kind of utilities are made 'First Class Citizens' under a
parent project, more of them would automagically surface.

I'm not sure if these are all actual goals or implementation details...
but i'd guess there's a little of both in the above extremely selfish
list. :)

Keep up the good work.

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