[wp-hackers] Simplicity in 2.next [s]

John Ha [c] khanh at netspace.net.au
Wed Feb 8 14:58:49 GMT 2006

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Doug Stewart 
  To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com 
  Sent: Thursday, 9 February 2006 1:51 AM
  Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Simplicity in 2.next

  Ryan Boren wrote:
  > Right.  The best situation is where we could get a patch upstreamed to
  > the original author.  But if they're unresponsive, we need to be able to
  > commit a fix that will allow people to upgrade.  Think linux distro
  > model.
  > Ryan

  That seems like a particularly unhelpful analogy to be following here. 
  Linux distros ship a lot of software with each release and are 
  responsible for insuring that all that software works together. 
  WordPress' model is exactly the opposite: you get core functionality and 
  Hello Dolly, nothing else.  Unless you're proposing shipping a massive 
  .zip/.tar.gz with every bloody plugin known to the WP community, I fail 
  to see the comparison as a valid one.

  Most plugins are the work of a single author, with little code control 
  or existing bug tracking interface.  The best way to keep plugins 
  working and up to date is to bug the authors, a task which is best left 
  to a decentralized infrastructure (i.e., let the people who use the 
  plugins annoy the plugin authors).

  I think something along the lines of the old One-Click installs from 
  wp-plugins.net or the direction that Alchemy/Elixir were heading is a 
  much better idea, IMNSHO.

  Doug Stewart
  Systems Administrator/Web Applications Developer
  Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs
  dstewart at atl.lmco.com
  wp-hackers mailing list
  wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com

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