Future of Rainbow + Sugar?

Michael Stone michael at laptop.org
Tue Feb 24 11:24:37 EST 2009

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 01:47:01AM -0500, Mikus Grinbergs wrote:
>[Also, I'm hearing whispers of 'no Rainbow' after Joyride.]


In my view, it's up to the SugarLabs folks to use Rainbow or to drop it. I have
tried to clear the way for them to use it on all the platforms they care about
by simplifying it, by making it more generically useful, by writing some basic
.deb and .rpm packaging in order to ease testing, and by writing Sugar patches
which cause Sugar to use it. Unfortunately, in the two months since I
announced this work:


and since I spoke about it at Fudcon Boston in January, I have received no
feedback more serious than a (kind) thank-you note from Walter, let alone
testing, bug reports, or patches. As you might imagine, this overwhelming
response leaves me more than a little bit discouraged.

Now, it could certainly be the case that there's more work that I need to do in
the form of documenting, testing, or pushing my recent rainbows before people
will be excited about trying them out and, if that's the case, someone should
tell me. Since no one has done so to date, despite repeated overtures, I've
mostly come to believe that no one cares.

Do you know differently?


P.S. - I find this state of affairs particularly sad, since I think there's an
/increasing/ amount of awesomeness that Rainbow can provide, e.g., bringing all
the recent hard work the kernel folks have been putting in on network
containerization and memory-resource cgroups "to the masses".

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