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Re: KDE vs. GNOME on F10



On Wed, 2009-08-05 at 12:58 -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:

> All this really does is create a pseudo rawhide for each release,
> blurring the lines even more around why we even do releases.  With a 6
> month cycle, do we really want to take on all this extra headaches and
> hassles just so that you can have some newer experimental software a bit
> sooner, or without doing a wholesale update to the next release?

For fedora-virt folks, we have a "virt-preview" repository, the general
idea being:

  - a repo where you can pull f11 builds of the latest rawhide virt bits

  - purely for people who want to help with testing f12 virt, but 
    aren't willing to run rawhide

  - it's not about making new features available to f11 users, it's 
    about allowing f11 users to get involved with f12 development

  - if it breaks, you get to keep both pieces - we'll do our best to 
    fix problems specific to this repo, but in reality we care more
    about problems which affect stock f11 or rawhide/f12

  - we're trying to keep the limit the packages in the repo to purely 
    virt related packages - e.g. right now we need something from f12 
    selinux-policy, but I'm hoping we can get added in an f11 update 
    rather than pulling in the f12 version and breaking non-virt stuff

It hasn't been around long, but it's working well and we're getting
valuable testing from it. The only thing we're missing is that we can't
add virt-preview packages to the buildroot. We're considering switching
from koji to mock for the builds because of this.

With a little automation, I think this model could work fairly well for
the likes of GNOME.

Cheers,
Mark.


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