On Jan 24, 2004, at 3:54 AM, Phil Tomson wrote:

> After RubyConf2002 some people decided that a package
> management/installation system should be developed and so they made
> raainstall.  Now, there's not much activity with raainstall - it sort 
> of
> works as-is now, but work seems to have stopped on it.
>
> At RubyConf2003 there was apparently another uproar about package
> management/installation and thus rubygems was born and received some
> attention for a few weeks.  Will rubygems meet the same fate as
> raainstall?
>
> Will RubyConf2004 spawn yet another package management scheme that is
> destined to fall into obsurity...?
>
> I guess it's not as big of an issue now that 1.8.x includes a lot more
> packages, but it would still be nice to have a good package management
> system for Ruby...
>
> Still hoping, but not holding my breath.
>
Not being familiar with either, what was wrong with raainstall that 
rubygems was started? I would say that if Ruby has an Achilles heel, I 
think this (unified library package system) seems like it. Subordinate 
is library versioning.

Dan