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Re: Package Review Stats for the week ending January 18th, 2009



Andreas Thienemann wrote:
> 
> 	Go and orphan your packages, if you want to focus just on 
> 	upstream.
> 
> He's not advocating forcing people out or forcing them to orphan packages. 
> What he suggests is that people wanting to concentrate on upstream 
> development are able to do that without being burdened by maintaining 
> packages for distributions.

I think I agree with Nicolas here.  It's true that my focus is on upstream
development, but I care about Fedora and try to be a good citizen.  Like
Nicolas said, the more mature packages don't need much packaging attention
anyway.  Lets look at cairo:  We don't hold even a single cairo patch in
Fedora.  And here is the ChangeLog from devel:

* Fri Nov 21 2008 Matthias Clasen <mclasen redhat com> 1.8.0-2
- Tweak %%summary and %%documentation

* Thu Sep 25 2008 Behdad Esfahbod <besfahbo redhat com> 1.8.0-1
- Update to 1.8.0
- Update dep versions

* Mon Sep 22 2008 Behdad Esfahbod <besfahbo redhat com> 1.7.6-1
- Update to 1.7.6

* Mon Aug 11 2008 Matthias Clasen <mclasen redhat com> 1.7.4-1
- Update to 1.7.4

* Wed May 21 2008 Tom "spot" Callaway <tcallawa redhat com> 1.6.4-3
- fix license tag

* Sun May  4 2008 Matthias Clasen <mclasen redhat com> 1.6.4-2
- Fix source url

I'm the owner.  What's wrong with working the way we do?  Trusting our fellows
and just spending time on what really matters, as opposed to, eg, this thread?
 Why should I orphan my packages if there's nothing wrong with the way I
attend to them, even if that means almost no time spent on them and zero RPM
knowledge?


Finally, again, I agree with Nicolas.  You are discounting the value of having
the upstream maintainer or developer keep an eye on the Fedora package.  I
blame Ubuntu on a regular basis for pushing bogus patches in their packages.
Fedora core packages have a much higher quality compare to Ubuntu, and I like
to believe that it's because many of those packages are maintained by their
upstream maintainers.  YMMV.

behdad


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