[erlang-questions] What problem are we trying to solve here? [was Erland users group [was re: languages in use? [was: Time for OTP to be Renamed?]]]

Darach Ennis <>
Tue Feb 18 02:18:23 CET 2014

A good example is Yahoo!. They've replaced a lot (over 400) of
traditionally java-based projects
with another language. They host their own internal package management
service that mirrors
vetted/approved open source projects based on public mirrors. So, they take
the load off public
mirrors and internal projects only use 'the right packages' (have
appropriate license etc..). This
also allows control when contributing back to the community (make sure
contributions to open
source are licensed, vetted, etc..).

If anything this creates a commercial opportunity and may help subsidise
any public infrastructure.

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 1:01 AM, Miles Fidelman

> Anthony Ramine wrote:
>> My own opinion is that any Erlang package manager relying on GitHub for
>> whatever more than hosting a simple Git repository is doomed to fail. Feel
>> free to disprove me through making one.
>> Companies make money around Erlang, if they want such a thing, money will
>> need to be thrown at it for the infrastructure, there is just no way around
>> it. If an index should be, the applications going into the main one are
>> going to need some level of validation, otherwise it's just a garbage bin
>> which language zealots will use to tell the world we have 66,000 packages
>> available.
>> Validation means testing, continuous integration and all that entails.
>> GitHub will not help you here.
> One observation: Seems to me that the more successful repositories (e.g.
> CPAN, Debian) are mirrors, supported by multiple organizations.  Might be a
> model to emulate.  Main site at Erlang solutions, multiple mirrors?
> One other thought: Maybe the OSU Open Source Lab might provide some
> infrastructure - they seem to host an awful lot of serious codebases.  I
> expect they might have some experience and ideas to offer.
> Miles Fidelman
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