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Re: [opensuse-factory] Status of Contrib
  • From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:35:05 +0200
  • Message-id: <20100424093504.GD18167@xxxxxxx>
On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 10:19:46AM +0200, Karsten König wrote:

I was wondering if there is a definite decision about how to go on forward
with the seperation of Contrib and mainline Factory.

If I remember correctly Contrib was the place to submit stuff to as normal
contributor to openSUSE, now Factory is open for everybody to submit stuff,
based on reputation, skills and whatnot. So what's the future of Contrib now,
this looks like a limbo state to me.

Also does openSUSE try to be as inclusive as debian now (everything in one
repository) or seperate atleast into Factory and Contrib?
Or even further with repositories like network:utilities, games, GNOME:Extra,
KDE:Community etc. which currently have a 'rolling release' way of life.

I can't come up with a big weighing pro for any of the possibilities, but I
just can't say what model is currently followed.

Contrib is mostly a place for more experimental and not so easily
maintained packages in my eyes, while in the openSUSE distribution we
can offer at least 18 months of security support and bugfixing.

This is all evolutionary driven too, there are no real rules or set goals
for inclusion in Factory, Contrib or various repositories.

rolling releases are difficult for core repositories like Factory, but
more suited to leaf package repositories, like games, newest GNOME/KDE,

e.g. the "games" repo is more up to date than Factory with regards
to games and contains a way larger selection.

Ciao, Marcus
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