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Re: long term support release

On Jan 26, 2008 1:13 AM, Jos Vos <jos xos nl> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 07:51:36PM -0500, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:
> >
> > > The trick would be RH to freely release RHEL instead of forcing others
> > > to recompile packages, such these guys can contribute to EPEL instead
> > > of having to waste their time and resources on rebuilding.
> >
> > No disagreement here.
> They don't even need to release "RHEL", but only the packages except
> for the trademark packages (images etc.), so that Fedora can simply
> create a distro out of it.
> <I_am_not_a_lawyer>
> Havig said that, in the past I have heard RH people saying that they
> don't understand why people are rebuilding the binaries (except
> trademark packages etc. of course), as they (the single packages,
> not RHEL as a "composition") may be distributed freely.

The issues usually come down to how many packages are covered by the
trademark. CentOS has to make a lot patches to take out trademarks in
documentation, programs etc... and even after spending 2 weeks on
5.0... we missed 10 or so packages. Then there are various things that
are 'broken' if you don't use the RHN system (that was one or two
issues). There is also the fact that RHEL sometimes doesn't supply all
the packages from an RPM (this was much the case in 2 and 3, less than
4 & 5). Finally RH uses hidden build flags which have to be found out
to get a package to match that.. which of course gets people wondering
why they do it on this package etc which gets either conspiracy
talking or people who will rebuild the package until they get a match.

> Either this is not true, or nobody has ever done the work to find
> this out in detail.
> </I_am_not_a_lawyer>
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