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

Gerald Henriksen ghenriks at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 19:29:15 UTC 2010

On Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:34:06 +0200, you wrote:

>Le mercredi 22 septembre 2010 à 21:30 -0400, Gerald Henriksen a écrit :
>> After all Gnome 2.32 isn't released until later this month, and the
>> beta releases have been included in Fedora 14 up to now.
>Is that a good example ? Gnome has been broken one way or another in
>Fedora 14 since branching point (I'm missing the *stable* GNOME
>experience I had in rawhide). The desktop team usually handles
>alpha/beta well, but this time they've overshot imho.

Well, Gnome has a proven track record and this release seems to be the
exception.  In fairness to the desktop team, who seem to have been
given a mess with the delay of Gnome 3, I think Gnome should have
skpped the 2.32 release rather than this attempt to get something
newish just to meet a schedule.  It's unfortunate that the desktop
team will get blamed for what is a Gnome mistake.

But the broader point is what criteria is used to determine what
software gets included in a given release of Fedora.  A key point in
the drive to have stable releases is that it is only a "6 month" wait
to get a newer version of something into Fedora.  But there is a
danger that this can go too far and end up being 9 or 10 months if a
project must have a final release before Fedora branches.

Someone wanting the latest PostgreSQL is looking at an 8 month wait
(assuming a May Fedora 15), and anything that was released in August
but not included in the Fedora 14 branch has 9 months if we don't
allow pre-releases.

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