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Re: new RPM version and Feature process (was: Re: Heads-up: brand new RPM version about to hit rawhide)

On Wed, 2008-07-09 at 23:34 +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Jul 2008, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> > Just wondering. No, I really don't want to stop the new RPM; there are likely 
> > other examples (say OpenOffice 3.0) in rawhide (but going backwards there as 
> > hard as with RPM). But I'm more and more wondering if the complex Feature 
> > process is worth all the trouble and effort. The best thing that came out of 
> > it in F9 IMHO were the good release notes and great "whats new" pages. But 
> > I'd say we can have that easier.
> One reason for missing out on the feature process is probably that I've 
> found it somehow alien thing to begin with - I don't consider myself 
> working on a "Fedora feature", I'm "working on rpm.org upstream" to get a 
> much-needed update to the aging RPM version we have been living with for 
> ages. Mind you, this is not an excuse for missing out on distro policies.
> The line between a "feature" and a "non-feature" is extremely obscure 
> really, and I think the point of "if you're unsure, ask" has not been made 
> sufficiently clear. Until perhaps now :)

Maybe it also helps to think of the Fedora feature process as leveraging
what Fedora can provide for an upstream community.  Two things that come
to mind immediately are QA/testing and widespread publicizing of the

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