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Re: [opensuse-factory] Status of Contrib
  • From: Karsten König <remur@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:33:07 +0200
  • Message-id: <201004271033.08680.remur@xxxxxxx>
Am Samstag, 24. April 2010 11:35:05 schrieb Marcus Meissner:
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 big 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.

Both sound somewhat opposite, you are on the security team, doesn't sound
evolutionary package location sound somewhat scary to you? If I am somewhat
free where to place my 'insert cheap php bulletin board here' and shove it
into Factory it might turn out a security nightmare. So as you wrote Contrib
would be a much better place.
Also I don't know if no real rules is a good thing to have here, the user
doesn't know where to expect a package (sure we have s.o.o/search) he will add
tons of repos with no defined purpose.

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.

Yep I also like this approach, but how to place it properly? for example
searching for tunnel software some is placed in network:utilities other in
I find the current non-organisation not very clear


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