[CentOS-devel] What name would be acceptable for Desktop version of CentOS?

Mon Jan 23 16:50:59 UTC 2012
Yury V. Zaytsev <yury at shurup.com>

On Mon, 2012-01-23 at 10:38 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:

> EPEL's policy is to not replace any upstream packages so there is
> generally no versioning issue if they are the only additional repo 

There is much more than just that to it, read inconsistent package
naming, "public" libraries residing together with the application in the
same package and the list goes on.

On top of this there are things like packages compiled against libraries
with different ABI versions etc., which very quickly gets messy once
your package base becomes sufficiently large and you are mixing sources.

All of this can only be fully resolved by a substantial effort to keep
repositories compatible, which in turn requires the resources that
neither RF or EPEL have to spare.

There have been some efforts to keep the repositories "reasonably"
compatible from both sides, but that's pretty much as far as you can get
given current situation; it will never be perfect.

Sincerely yours,
Yury V. Zaytsev