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

Brandon Lozza brandon at pwnage.ca
Tue Sep 21 14:20:43 UTC 2010

Is GNU/Linux supposed to be a mirror into software's past?

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM, Brandon Lozza <brandon at pwnage.ca> wrote:
> One thing I wanted to point out. Windows users get to install the
> latest Firefox, KDE, and other apps without having to wait for a new
> Windows release. If users had to wait for Windows 8 to get the latest
> Firefox, things would be messy. I don't understand what the fear is of
> doing this on GNU/Linux.
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 8:01 AM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at redhat.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-09-21 at 13:49 +0200, Michael Schwendt wrote:
>>> On Tue, 21 Sep 2010 01:51:03 +0200, Michał wrote:
>>> > Setting up "official" backport repo will avoid repos fragmentation.
>>> > Keeping all cool updates in one place appears to be a reasonable idea.
>>> > Am I right?
>>> Wait a minute! You need to define "fragmentation" here. It seems you refer
>>> to the geographical location of repos only. More important is the
>>> fragmentation caused by increasing the number of repos, especially if they
>>> create additional targets to build for. Considering how APIs/ABIs and
>>> stable packages are broken regularly, I don't think Fedora Packagers
>>> could handle the increased maintenance requirements added by a backports
>>> repo. Whether "official" or not, just imagine what can happen
>>> if repo 1 upgrades repo 2, or vice versa, and unexpectedly. Better
>>> attempt at making the current dist release usable/deployable in
>>> production environments, and encourage more users to take a look at
>>> Rawhide and Alpha/Beta releases earlier.
>> I  think he meant the same thing as you. He wasn't using 'place'
>> literally.
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