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Re: 'policy' for multiple versions of same software in EPEL

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin scrye com> wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:13:41 -0500
> Greg Swift <gregswift gmail com> wrote:
>> So... I've paid attention to the conversations around this because i
>> was a long time zabbix user, so it affected me in that I had to build
>> my own 'latest' packages usually or download from the maintainer's
>> personal repository.  If I remember correctly it has also been
>> discussed around lots of web apps like bugzilla as well.
> Yeah.
> There's a lot of apps out there that have a different release cycle
> that RHEL has, so we have to try and adjust to that. Keeping in mind
> that most people who are using RHEL don't like things changing very
> much.

Here's an alternative proposal I've been mentally kicking around...

Red Hat itself sometimes rebases software between minor point releases
(eg 6.0 to 6.1). Could we allow EPEL maintainers to push
"non-backwards-compatible updates" at specific dates that match RHEL's
minor point release schedule?

As Greg points out, EPEL is essentially a rolling release today
anyway. This would just provide a bit more structure to the rolling.
Also, I'm hoping this would not require as much infrastructure work on
EPEL's side.

- Ken

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