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Re: [K12OSN] K12LTSP 4.2.4EL planning... how stable?

I currently don't use the EL branch, but I say
stability should be its main focus.  Keep all those
new packages out of it.  Perhaps make the newer
packages available in another repository, in case
anybody wants to experiment.  But I think the EL users
need to be able to turn on automatic nightly yum
updates without worry of breaking something.  

I do nightly yum updates on my CentOS web server and
don't have any problems.  I'd be real concerned about
doing that with Fedora.  Dropping new packages into
K12LTSP 4.2EL would be blurring the line too much
between Fedora and CentOS.


--- Eric Harrison <eharrison mail mesd k12 or us>

> CentOS 4.4 has been released & I've started work on
> K12LTSP 4.2.4EL.
> The question is how stable should the stable branch
> be?
> There are a half-dozen end-user applications that
> can be updated. These
> would be essentially back-ports from FC5 (K12LTSP
> 5.0). Does anyone
> using K12LTSP 4.2EL have concerns about bumping up
> to the
> latest-and-greatest of any of these packages?
> Package Name   K12LTSP 4.2.3EL version  Latest
> version
> ------------  ------------------------ 
> ---------------------------
> blender       2.37-2.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL    2.42-6.fc5
> celestia      1.3.2-3.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL   1.4.1-5.fc5
> childsplay    0.81.1-2.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL  0.83-1.fc5
> DansGuardian  2.7.6-7.k12ltsp.0.4.0    
> gcompris      7.1.1-4.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL   7.4-13.fc5
> inkscape      0.43-1.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL    0.44-4.fc5
> tuxmath       0.2001.9.7-0103          
> 0.2005.10.11-0
> The real big question is whether or not to switch
> from LTSP 4.1 to LTSP
> 4.2? This is not an insignificant change,
> considering that the kernel
> for the terminals is changed from a 2.4 kernel to a
> 2.6 kernel.
> Considering that a "stable" branch should favor
> stability over shiny new
> features, I am currently leaning towards leaving
> K12LTSP 4.2.4EL with
> the older LTSP 4.1 packages. This is largely a
> question with upgrades,
> so I'd like to hear from those of you currently
> running K12LTSP 4.2.3EL.
> Are the new features in LTSP 4.2 (largely improved
> USB/CD/floppy
> support) worth the risk of potentially breaking some
> of your terminals?
> -Eric
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