Stephen John Smoogen <smooge(a)gmail.com> wrote:
This was the purpose of the various branching proposals. The main
not enough time/manpower resources to make any of the proposals work as it
build system changes, a full time release manager and packagers who want to
deal with it.
In the end though this is a volunteer project done on the side by various
people in the
Fedora community. If we were to move this elsewhere, it would still be a
I wish I had a better answer but after seeing us break the world every
RHEL-X.Y release.. I don't.
Indeed, it's a thankless job.
Sincerely, keep up the good work, and that goes for all maintainers too.
I've always advised those running 'downstream' versions wait to update
until they are on the same, new 'Update' after any new RHEL release. It's
a good rule to follow -- e.g., RHEL 7.7 just came out.
- "Still lurking" bjs
P.S. For those that don't know, starting a good 7 years ago I brought up
the increasing 'breakage' with RHEL as Fedora EPEL build various packages
for CentOS because CentOS rebuilding various RHEL add-ons. Simply put, at
a half-dozen major Red Hat accounts, I had to warn EPEL would now conflict
in various ways outside of the very RHEL core, so RHEL systems couldn't be
subscribed to it, and each EPEL package needed to be vetted into an
internal channel/repo (e.g., Satellite) before even considering deployment.
I also worked with both Red Hat GLS as well as Partners over the next 18
months to tell them to yank all sections regarding EPEL from Training,
Enablement and other documentation, as only core RHEL compatibility was the
goal, not all of RHEL.
So at that time I suggested the idea of forking into Emerging Technologies
for Enterprise Linux (ETEL) from EPEL. That way, people who wanted newer
Fedora stuff or, in the case of CentOS not rebuilding various Enterprise
add-ons available for RHEL, or even newer versions of packages in RHEL
add-ons, would have a separate repo from EPEL that was never supposed to
As Stephen, Kevin and others others pointed out for that to happen,
increases of resources and volunteer hours would have to happen. And
that's just the reality. Not everyone is going to be made happy, given the
constraints. So we should all appreciate what we have. I'm just glad EPEL
still focuses on at least core RHEL.