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Re: apt repository for RH phoebe beta

Sorry about this very off-topic (for Phoebe List) reply. If you have further questions regarding the Fedora repository please join the fedora-devel discussion list at http://fedora.mplug.org.

Féliciano Matias wrote:

Can you keep some connection with freshrpms.net ? freshrpms have good packages : - mplayer - proftpd - alsa - etc... near 100 new packages.

Working on porting these over time. I'm doing each one manually and carefully in order to avoid surprises and to add small fixes to missing dependencies and specification "properness". I'd really appreciate if other volunteers could join fedora-devel and help this effort, currently only in infant stages of putting together the infrastructure and drafting specifications. I'm doing this for my ICS499 research project at the University of Hawaii during the Spring 2003 semester.

(Also I don't think people should be using ALSA extensively during Phoebe beta. You should be testing Red Hat's kernel and OSS drivers because that is what will probably ship with the final product.)

I see in you site :
- "Current repositories like FreshRPMS largely solves many of these
problems, unfortunately it does not have a mechanism to encourage users
to use mirrors."

This is a technical problem ?

Sort of, I guess more of a lazy/ignorant user problem. My theory is that the apt GUI frontend should prompt the user to choose the geograhpically nearest mirror, and also automatically fall back to other mirrors if that one is unavailable. If things are not this easy, then most end users wont bother to change from a default mirror (which will be choked by most users.)

In addition to what I just described, I plan on adding strict package-level GPG enforcement to apt/synaptic to improve security. apt/synaptic's current security model is IMHO not good.

kerneldevel currently contains modifications to modutils and mkinitrd in order to properly test 2.5.x kernels on Phoebe. mkinitrd contains a small patch that prevents 2.4.x kernel installation from breaking if someone has module-init-tools installed. I hope this patch can make it into Rawhide because it shouldn't effect anything else. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=80119

Great. RH 8.2 or 8.3 will use kernel 2.6. This help testing and so bug
report to http://bugzilla.kernel.org/

I'm hoping that I can figure out how to make a kernel-2.5 RPM sometime soon with all modules (that actually compile!) enabled. That would be useful to enable people to test the kernel quickly. I could probably do this automated too for daily Linus patchsets... but I'm very off-topic for phoebe list. Sorry folks. =)

Warren Togami
warren togami com

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