[CentOS-devel] Is it possible to merge elrepo.org contribute to centos main repository?

Wed Feb 26 19:41:33 UTC 2014
Alexander Arlt <centos at track5.de>

On 02/26/2014 07:50 PM, Ljubomir Ljubojevic wrote:
> Not at all. Only EPEL and Elrepo are so essential that I do not know a 
> good admin that does not use them on at least one CentOS system, 
> especially for Desktop/Workstation use, or on unsupported hardware like 
> laptops.

Here. Me. I have various system because of various reasons I can only
install RHEL or CentOS. And this will not change.

Still, I do use custom repositories with those systems which allow me to
install software need on those system. And update that software.

Ain't that the whole point of having an Community Enterprise OS?

> If good framework is established (3rd party repository wise), then that 
> stuff can be in some other repository. But in order to do so, there has 
> to be easy to manage repository hierarchy, without too much messing with 
> yum config files.

We're talking about a seven line config file in /etc/yum.repos.d to add
a new repository. And honestly, if I don't know what I'm doing the, it
might be a good idea to not do it. Learning curve or not.

I have broken an awful lot of installations in my professional life by
adding some repo to fix one thing and breaking ten other things. The
luxury of doing some yum install <blabumm> comes at the price of
understanding the complexity of solving the dependencies.

> Jim, you have challenged me, but to tie my hands behind my back and grab 
> a rope, because without ability to install "illegal" 3rd party 
> repository (vlc, gstreamer-bad, ...) without any hassle, there is no 
> point in wasting any time on Desktop SIG.

Maybe, just maybe, a Community Enterprise OS is just not the right
choice for this? And maybe, just maybe, putting wings on a cow won't
turn it into a proper bird.

Honestly, why would anybody try to turn something like RHEL 6 into a
Desktop, with all those old kernel-stuff, the old libraries and all the
fuss you have to cope with - and still end up with something that will
not be able to run all the latest gimmicks with the complete set of
bells and whistles?