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Re: Some thoughts about yum and repositories



On Thu, 2004-10-28 at 21:20, Robin Laing wrote:

> Another option would be an easier frontend that would allow easy 
> editting of yum.conf file.
> 
> A generic list of locations that could be checked or unchecked to 
> select the sites, mirrors and backups.  The admin could then select 
> with repo's would be used.  Warnings about possible conflicts and 
> signitures would then be dealt with at one time.
> 
> Why should a new user with no knownledge have to struggle to find 
> software and sites.  Manually configure a file and then hope it works 
> when a graphical frontend could do all that.  How hard would it be for 
> redhat or fedora.us to have a central file of all repositories and 
> mirrors generated into a single array that can be used in a frontend?
> 
> Necessary locations could be in a green or must have repo's list. 
> Yellow for repo's that are supportive of the main distro's and red for 
> lists that may not work with or between distro's.
> 
> These points are in line with what you are asking for.
> 
> Along with a graphical package manager.

In other words, "Why can't we just use Red Carpet?"! I agree with pretty
much everything you said, and annoyingly a GPL solution already exists
but we aren't going to be using it. The fact that Red Carpet's future
looks to be one in which it is no longer a standalone product is of
course a pertinent issue, but the lack of interest in using it even
before then strikes me as having more to do with "Not Invented Here"
syndrome then anything else.

Best, Darren

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