FC3 -> FC4 Upgrade? (was Re: reducing distribution CD count)

seth vidal skvidal at phy.duke.edu
Fri Feb 25 21:50:06 UTC 2005

>	Yeah,  but if there is some software package I like,  I'm more inclined  
>to install it from source rather than to screw around with rpms...  Be  
>that finding a prebuilt one that's six months out of date or going through  
>the extra bother to generate rpms.
>	I've built rpms before,  but the question I'd have then is what would be  
>expected of me if I ~were~ to maintain a package myself.  It's easy for me  
>to test on AMD64 and (possibly) x86,  but I'm not going to be able to  
>support a package for the Itanic.

That's not expected. Maintainers are expected to:
- keep the package building on whatever they can and solicit help from
people running on minority platforms for testing
- monitor the software for updates and security issues
- stay current with the expected and intended use for the package
- keep abreast of licensing issues with the package.
- keep the packaging guidelines applied and cleanly implemented in the


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