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Re: a plan for updates after end of life

Patrice Dumas <pertusus free fr> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 06:49:19PM -0300, Horst H. von Brand wrote:
> > > > 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.

> What user base are you talking about? I am talking about maintainers
> willing to do some work.

Who will want to use (Fedora + CentOS) / 2? What will they want to use it
for?  That is the set of people where you might recruit maintainers.

> > Where do said volunteers come from, if people with the required skill sets
> > aren't available for Fedora right now?
> What are you basing this on? In the course of my proposal finding if
> there was enough volunteers (we cannot judge their skills, though) was
> an objective. Of course maintainers can lie, but I trust them not to.

OK, I misunderstood.

> > > 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?!
> Yes. If there is not enough people to do the work anymore. 

If I can't reasonably trust the continuity of the branch, it makes it a lot
less useless to me.
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