Orphaning my Packages (or: RIP, Fedora!)

Brandon Holbrook fedora at theholbrooks.org
Tue May 27 03:47:28 UTC 2008

I'm happy to report that I'm finally feeing myself of everything 
Fedora!  Starting around a year ago Fedora's red tape and horrible 
bureaucracy started turning me off.  It all culminated with the 
legendary "No KMODs in Fedora" blanket policy on Sept 13.  So obviously 
when I submitted open-vm-tools as a new package 5 days later (I didn't 
know they passed such a ridiculous policy at the time) here: 
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=294341, it was rejected.

Since then I've been migrating all my boxes at home and work away from 
Fedora/CentOS/RHEL to other distros and found the move to be very 
refreshing.  Fedora now only lives in a couple VMs here at home for me 
to maintain my packages (a strange bit of irony, since it was Fedora's 
unwillingness to play nicely in a VM that pushed me away to begin 
with...), but I haven't even been doing a good job at that.  Therefore, 
I am hereby relinquishing my responsibilities of everything Fedora, 
which include the following packages:

eclipse-phpeclipse -- PHP Eclipse plugin
maradns -- Security-aware DNS Server
mod_auth_pam -- PAM authentication module for Apache
php-json -- An extremely fast PHP extension for JSON
php-pear-Mail-Mime -- Classes to create and decode mime messages
php-pear-Mail-mimeDecode -- transcodes mime messages
php-pear-Net-Sieve -- Communication with timsieved
php-pecl-Fileinfo -- Fileinfo is a PHP extension that wraps the libmagic 
php-shout -- PHP module for communicating with Icecast servers
tripwire -- IDS (Intrusion Detection System)
 From the Horde groupware suite:
    horde -- The common Horde Framework for all Horde applications
    imp -- The Internet Messaging Program: webmail access to IMAP/POP3 
    ingo -- The Horde web-based Email Filter Rules Manager
    jeta -- Horde Java SSH module
    kronolith -- The Horde calendar application
    turba -- The Horde contact management application

Denis Leroy said throughout this process that such a blanket policy was 
shortsighted, would hurt Fedora more than it helped, and drive people 
away to other distros.  He was right, I'm one of those people.  Good 
luck clinging to your "principles", Fedora, and farewell.

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