Agressive FUD by Fedora contributor (was: [Bug 210775])

David Woodhouse dwmw2 at
Tue Oct 17 22:39:57 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-10-16 at 11:36 -0500, Karen Pease wrote:
> Re: Forked packages: To be honest, I can understand the concept of forked 
> packages, esp. back before Fedora made it easier to get changes into packages 
> into the RH line.  What immediately comes to mind is build options: to reduce 
> dependencies, people tend to configure packages with the minimum number of 
> deps to meet their functionality requirements.  If a repo needs more 
> functionality that requires additional deps, they either have to get the 
> original distro to carry those deps (sometimes a hard sell, or even 
> impossible if the licensing doesn't work out), or fork.

There are other options. You can make it possible to build the extra
functionality into a separate subpackage so that not everyone needs it.
Or even make it possible to build it from a separate source package
entirely, so that it can exist only in the Free World and not in Fedora
if that's really necessary.

Those options require work though, so aren't often pursued by mere
package-monkeys; you need proper _maintainers_ for that.


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