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Re: anaconda updates / respins (was: Re: Delays in package processing)



On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 14:48:32 +0100
Thorsten Leemhuis <fedora leemhuis info> wrote:

> Sorry, I might be shortsighted, but why is the installer different to
> other packages? Sure, it's a bit more work to produce updates for
> older releases, but isn't that what we do everywhere else as well? So
> why can't the installer guys do it as well?

Because the installer team is roughly 4 people, who have to do
installer work for RHEL4.* RHEL5.*, RHEL6, Fedora, and any other RH
offering that happens to use an installer. Not to mention that these
guys also own other software projects that get used in the above
mentioned releases like libdhcp, parted, pykickstart, firstboot,
mkinitrd, dmraid, grub, etc...  These are some seriously overworked
folks.  If we want any chance at new features in Fedora releases, they
have to be free to work on new features, rolling in fixes from the
previous release as they go.

> 
> Further: we create update images like
> http://katzj.fedorapeople.org/updates-f8-yumloop.img
> so those problems we are talking about get analyzed and fixed already.

Many of the fixes put in update images are fixes in other pieces of
software, like yum, and not anaconda itself.

> But the fix is hard to access for some people; and it's a extra step
> you need to know about. All we'd need to do is to get this and similar
> *small* updates into a updated install iso image  and we'd make a lot
> people happy that currently have a hard time installing Fedora.

That's what Unity does, and I applaud them.

-- 
Jesse Keating
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?

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