Guidelines for creating subpackages?

Christopher Stone chris.stone at
Sun Dec 2 06:11:40 UTC 2007

On Dec 1, 2007 6:20 PM, Yaakov Nemoy <loupgaroublond at> wrote:
> People talk about the 'balkanization' of a platform.  I would call
> splitting packages up unecessarily the 'gentooification' of Fedora.

And despite all the efforts the Fedora community has put into making
it easy to make custom Fedora spins, people still go to gentoo for
their custom spins.

I have a colleague who tried to make a custom distro for cisco
systems, and he tried to use Fedora, but do to some idiotic dependency
he could not use the packages he needed without pulling in a bunch of
extra garbage he didn't want like X.  He ended up just using gentoo
because it was so much easier.  I will try and ask him the specific
details of his problem for the purposes of this discussion if anyone
is interested.

> If your 1% user base needs a package done slightly different, then
> it's something that IMHO should be done internally.

I'm not talking about a 1% user base, I'm talking about a complete
paradigm shift on how we think about what Fedora is.  I think Fedora
should be viewed more as a base or reference platform to make other
distributions from, and not just simply as another packaged distro for
a typical end user.

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