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Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:23:04 +0300
From: Shinnok <admin@...nnok.com>
To: owl-dev@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: usage of BSD ports for Owl

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Hi,

There's recently been a couple of discussions on #openwall(freenode)
about using one of the BSD port systems like FreeBSD ports and NetBSD
pkgsrc or even portage(Gentoo) for Owl.

Some of the reasons that I think make a ports package management a
perfect fit for Owl are:

1. Transparency (needed for a security enhanced distro)
2. Flexibility (of patching, source management, etc)
3. Easy patch management(needed for a security enhanced distro with lots
of patches to packages)
4. Perfect for the extra repository

The way I view it, only the core base system of Owl is required to be
packages as binary distributions for the different supported systems and
then leave the extra 3rd party packages available through a ports
system, which is way easier to handle then binary distributions for all
targets. The core base system should also be available for
update/build/patching and install through the ports system too.

This is as rough as I can put it, what do you think?

PS: I welcome the people involved in the discussion yesterday on
#openwall, to reply with their thoughts and conclusions on the matter.

Br,

Shinnok
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