On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 02:09:19AM -0700, Darren Duncan wrote: : As I recall, it is Larry's wish that the standard distribution for : Perl 6 be quite small, so that people are encouraged to use CPAN.
Hmm, but also so that people are encouraged to form various standard distributions, more along the lines of the Linux model. This is for a number of reasons. The distributing organization can sell CDs or DVDs, of course, but more importantly, can function in a localized editorial role without tearing up the whole community over such choices. Also, different distributions can specialize for different kinds of users. "Here's the ISP distribution, there's the bioperl distribution." One thing we could do better than the Linux model is specify how different distributions must stay compatible and interoperate with other distributions so that you can load several of them at once. Larry