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Re: What Fedora makes sucking for me - or why I am NOT Fedora

Arthur Pemberton wrote:
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 1:17 AM, Bradley Baetz <bbaetz acm org> wrote:
But what, specifically, were you missing?

I also use Fedora as my primary OS, and seeing as most OSS software
brings new features and bug fixes with each release, what's not to
want with a new update?

The pain of breaking something that was already working as part of getting security and other critical bugfixes?

Again, I agree that one of Fedora's strengths is the ability to deliver new features and bug fixes to existing releases. I'm just saying that the risks mean that there needs to be a reason apart from the fact that there *are* new features to push an update.

Shouldn't one be able to stay within the
package management system and be as up to date with Windows/Mac
software where packages are manually downloaded?

I guess that depends on whether you consider Fedora to be a distribution method for a collection of separate packages, which are all able to be updated to the latest and greatest, or if you consider it as a product that, as an implementation detail, happens to contain lots of separate projects' work.

Fedora-the-product has a set of features. Some of its components get new features upstream, and then Fedora-the-product+1 gets those too. Fedora-the-packageset has a lot of packages that are always able to be updated, and Fedora-the-packageset+1 is published in a more convenient form that the previous version+updates, with new features that were mostly omitted from updates for logistical reasons.

Of course, reality is somewhere in between the two.


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