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Re: a plan for updates after end of life



Patrice Dumas <pertusus free fr> wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 01:58:05PM -0700, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> 
> > >From the long discussion list afterwords.. I think there is not enough
> > meat on the bones of this to say it can be rejected or accepted. [I am
> > speaking as myself a person who needs a cup of coffee]
> > 
> > 1) Do packages get updated to the latest or are stuck with back patches?

> It is the maintainer decision. The rule of thumb is that maintainers
> should be conservative, but don't hesitate to update if backports are
> too complicated. Or, as I say in the proposal, between fedora and
> RHEL/Centos/EPEL.

You need to describe said user base more precisely, and find out what their
real needs are.

> > 2) What happens for 'core' packages (glibc, kernel, gcc, X, gnome/kde,
> > zilla, etc) when the current maintainers (usually Red Hat people) have
> > to work on the current stuff and not the back stuff? Who is taking
> > them over? What rules do they work with?

> Volunteers have to take glibc, kernel, gcc, since they are in the 
> mandatory packages list. The amndatory packages list is all the
> mandatory and default package in core+base comps groups.
> Others are taken by volunteers if they want to.

Where do said volunteers come from, if people with the required skill sets
aren't available for Fedora right now?

> If a mandatory package isn't maintained for 7 days the whole branch is
> discontinued.

Ouch! So I find out out of the blue that the branch is dead?!

[...]

> > 4) Do you have a pool of volunteers who are doing this?

> No. But there must be at least one volunteer for each of the mandatory
> package before the branch is said to be part of the project.

Sounds sensible. Make that one maintainer and a comaintainer for each core
package?
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