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Re: Helping new installs find the right dependencies?


In general I know two kinds of solution for providing drop-in appliances:

  1. TurnkeyLinux, CT/VM/ISO based solutions. Contains auto-security upgrades, complete backup solution, too (paid).
  2. Bitnami: an application stack on any distro: independent of the distro provided packages. Just untar to a directory, all dependencies, applications - like pgsql, mysql, whatever - already included.

I prefer the first idea: recent hardwares are able to run an additional VM/CT, especially lsmb.

As I can see, lsmb with postgresql can run very well on low-resource hardware/VM, too.

As the system/software like lsmb is a mission critical for a business, I prefer the idea to isolate all the environment from the desktop or other services. If a user use a VM (kvm, qemu, virtualbox, openvz, lxc etc.), it is easy to backup, move, restore, clone, snapshot, whatever.

So, I can imagine an infrastructure based on virtualization, drop-in appliance.

What do you think?



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Feladó: "Erik Huelsmann" <..hidden..>
Címzett: "Development discussion for LedgerSMB" <..hidden..>
Dátum: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:52:27 +0100

Recent discussions - both on the mailing lists and through private mail - show that people still find it hard (or even very hard) to get and install the right dependencies.
While it is a much lower burden for us to share code with other projects where possible, and hence for developers there's a lot to be gained by having dependencies (versus incorporating all that code in our codebase and having to maintain it), I do see how they increase complexity for our users/admins.
My thinking is that we can help admins by providing a tarball with all the required and optional dependencies which are known to work with LedgerSMB (and each other!). That would remove the need for admins installing LSMB to go out to CPAN.
How do others feel about providing such a deps-tarball? Would it help solve the dependencies issue? Does anybody have experience doing so for a Perl project (I have experience for a C project, but that's a different matter entirely)?

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