[users] EPEL

Yury V. Zaytsev yury at shurup.com
Sat Jun 25 21:32:33 CEST 2011

On Fri, 2011-06-24 at 19:18 +0100, Lucian wrote:
> How do we fix divergent development?

This question is in a very same vein as asking why would we have 5 major
car platform manufacturers producing mutually incompatible products,
which results in the duplication of the engineering efforts instead of
having one worldwide meta-manufacturer, that would produce the most
advanced car platforms in a truly efficient way.

Do you have an answer for that already?

> Problem is EPEL has become the de-facto extra repo for EL, however one
> cannot have a proper desktop/workstation without Dag/RF, but combining
> them causes headaches which really should not exist, it's the only
> major distro out there with this problem...

It would be nice to have a meta-project or a VCS to share the SPEC files
in a much as it is possible, as well as to have some common packaging
guidelines etc., but this is a huge administrative and coordination
effort and we are all overly busy people...

> Personally I was hoping an EPEL compatible build of RPMfusion, which
> didn't happen.

Did you contribute to this happening in any form?

On Fri, 2011-06-24 at 19:07 +0100, Lucian wrote:

> Is this EPEL's official position (because it sounds too good to be
> true) on the matter?

I don't think your irony is justified. 

I am very sure that EPEL people are no more interested in intentionally
breaking the compatibility with other repositories to cause the trouble
to the users than we are.

Sincerely yours,
Yury V. Zaytsev

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