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Re: package stability

On 3/8/07, Patrice Dumas <pertusus free fr> wrote:
On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 09:40:41AM -0700, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> In my opinion this is a lesson that should be learned from Fedora
> Legacy. It takes a LOT of work to backport stuff.. and having un-paid
> volunteers do it is not something that will happen.

Why? If this also benefit to them, sure they'll do the backport.
One prominent reason, in my opinion why Fedora Legacy died is that
RHEL/Centos were better substitutes. There is no substitute for EPEL,
we can expect more volunteers. Debian is run by volunteers and they
more or less achieve that, I can't see why we couldn't.

I really hate to say this, but you may have answered your un-stated
question with your first sentence. There are only going to be so many
volunteers in the world, and the ones looking for stable have found
themselves Debian a better substitute. And even then Debian is not a 7
year stable environment. They are a 2-3 year stable environment... and
getting security fixes for non-core packages have been a real pain
last I heard from the Debian security people.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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