Fedora "backports" repo? (Was Re: PostgreSQL 9 for F14?)

Jon Masters jonathan at jonmasters.org
Tue Sep 21 04:38:06 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-09-21 at 00:29 -0400, Gerald Henriksen wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:58:53 -0400, you wrote:
> >2010/9/20 Micha? Piotrowski <mkkp4x4 at gmail.com>:
> >> Ok, so maybe it's time to setup Fedora "backports" repo for these that
> >> wants new and shiny Firefox 4, PostgreSQL 9 or whatever with big
> >> number.
> >
> >What exactly is the fear here with these updates? Are there many
> >desktop users who do NOT want the latest released Firefox? Are there
> >many people using Fedora as their OS for their database server?
> What if you are using a Firefox extension that hasn't been ported to
> the latest release yet? 
> What if you have decided that Fedora is an easier path to a server
> rather than attempting to backport a lot of packages because the
> current release of RHEL/CentOS is 3 years old and doesn't have what
> you need in term of framework or language?
> What if you are a college that has deployed Fedora to use for your
> students coursework, and an upgrade to a language/database/etc breaks
> things mid-semester?


What if you have a life outside computing and would like to run Fedora
at home but don't want to fix breakage on the weekend (because that
ceased to be fun after ten years, and once college was over with)?

> Fedora is used in a lot of different ways.

Yes, it is, and it should be. Fixing updates is the number one problem,
right behind having a long term strategy.


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