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Re: Goodbye, Fedora

Eric S. Raymond wrote:
The proximate causes of this failure were (1) incompetent repository
maintenance, making any nontrivial upgrade certain to founder on a
failed dependency, and (2) the fact that rpm is not statically linked
-- so it's possible to inadvertently remove a shared library it
depends on and be unrecoverably screwed.  But the underlying problems
run much deeper.

We only have your analysis of the problem. Not a description of the actual problem. That would be more helpful. Perhaps a bug report.

* Chronic governance problems.

More details required. I have a special interest in this.

* Persistent failure to maintain key repositories in a sane,
 consistent state from which upgrades might actually be possible.

* A murky, poorly-documented, over-complex submission process.

Last time you claimed this, I requested you to point out specific issues which you agreed to. That was never delivered. Your actual submission was struck after the reviewer pointed out some things to fix


* Allowing RPM development to drift and stagnate -- then adding
another layer of complexity, bugs, and wretched performance with yum.

RPM indeed drifted but I dont think it actually stagnated. Anyway http://rpm.org for more details. RPM doesnt do automatic dependency resolving. Yum does. I did read somewhere your claim that introducing yum was a big change that put Fedora in a position of advantage or some such thing.

* Effectively abandoning the struggle for desktop market share.

Unless this is just about proprietary codecs, Red Hat continues to do a lot of work on the desktop


* Failure to address the problem of proprietary multimedia formats with
  any attitude other than blank denial.

We spend a lot of time even recently on FUDCon Boston 2007 discussing this. See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureCodecBuddy


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