What would it take to make Software Collections work in Fedora?

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Thu Dec 6 15:06:04 UTC 2012

On Thu, 2012-12-06 at 15:30 +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> IMHO use of software collections is a symptom of a badly run organisation
> not devoting enough cycles to maintain the software it uses, and hoping
> (as in wishful thinking) no problem will go critical before the product
> they built on top of those collections is end-of-lifed
> I completely fail to see how entities with that problem will manage to
> maintain the package number explosion creating software collections will
> induce.

On the one hand, I agree completely - I think the 'share all
dependencies dynamically' model that Linux distros have traditionally
embraced is the right one, and that we're a strong vector for spreading
the gospel when it comes to that model, and it'd be a shame to
compromise that.

On the other hand, we've been proselytizing the Java heretics for over a
decade now, and the Ruby ones for a while, and neither shows any signs
of conversion or just plain going away, so we may have to call it an
ecumenical matter and deal with their models somehow. Sucky as it may
be. I don't know, I'm a bit conflicted.
Adam Williamson
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