(draft) announcement

Michael Stahnke mastahnke at gmail.com
Sun Jul 15 22:09:48 UTC 2007

On 7/15/07, Karsten Wade <kwade at redhat.com> wrote:
> ## Here is a first pass for a release announcement.  There are two
> ## important things, in order of priority:  what this is and how to find
> ## it; write short and clear announcement.
> ##
> ## Old-time TV announcer style ...
> If you use enterprise-class Linux (EL) distributions derived from
> Fedora, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS, we have something
> very exciting for you.
> Ever find yourself rebuilding a Fedora package for your EL version
> because it didn't ship with the EL distro?
> Have you built Perl packages with cpan2rpm and felt, "There must be a
> better way."
> Friends, there is.  May we introduce ...
>                Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL)
> EPEL is a community of package maintainers working from inside of
> Fedora.  Many are the same people who maintain the Fedora package.  Yet,
> there is plenty of room for new packages and contributors.
> You can read all you want here:
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL
> How to use EPEL:
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ#howtouse
> You can look for packages here:
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ#WhereIsTheSoftwareRepositoryLocated
> Looking for a package not in EPEL or other questions?
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ
> ## Fin
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Somewhere I think we want to touch on the quality of the packages from
Fedora.  I think that is a big selling point.  Granted, not all
packages are perfect, but as a RHEL subscriber, my company thinks
highly of RHEL and how it is built, and thus like the way Fedora (at
least the former Core) was built.  Somehow, that should be captured
int eh announment, methinks.

I am also hesitant to use the Perl message because LOTS of perl stuff
still isn't in EPEL.  (/me rebuilt several modules last week for


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