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

Bruno Wolff III bruno at wolff.to
Tue Sep 21 15:22:39 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:59:06 -0400,
  Brandon Lozza <brandon at pwnage.ca> wrote:
> However, if for example Microsoft had a similar system and did package
> software for it. Their users would be up in arms for the latest
> firefox too and Microsoft wouldn't keep them on an old firefox
> version. Where is the logic in NOT having the latest software as long
> as it doesn't break file format compatibility? On windows the user can

Unexpectedly changing the UI is also bad.
> Look at openSUSE, GCC 4.5, came out before F13, no banning of LTO. If
> you want something better than stable for KDE you can one click
> install the factory KDE repo. You can one click install the trunk repo
> too. They even have two Chromium branches available for single click
> install (version 6 and 7). Perhaps a single click or easy method of
> installing a yum repo could be invented that is similar to the one in
> openSUSE. That would be a good start.

Alternate repos are possible, but take work. Fedora doesn't have spare
capacity to be doing this sort of thing right now. If you want to make it
happen, you can by leading and working on a project to do that. As long
as you are willing to work and can get a at least a few like minded
volunteers also willing to work you should have at least some success.

People here aren't against having a way to install alternate versions of
packagers per se, but are noting that there is a significant amount of
work needed. And many of us think there are better ways to be spending
our limited time helping Fedora. But if it is a high priority for other
people willing to do the work, it's something that could be done.

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