[CentOS-docs] Pull Request wiki.c.o/AdditionalResources/Repositories

Wed Jan 14 23:09:01 UTC 2015
PatrickD Garvey <patrickdgarveyt at gmail.com>

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 10:04 AM, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
> On 01/09/2015 11:49 PM, Tom Sorensen wrote:
>> KB -- I made those changes several months ago (Sep/Oct I believe), with
>> discussion in IRC. This was after a spate of people in the main channel
>> having issues with Atomic (there's a name that's going to end up causing
>> problems...) and the continued use of RPMForge/RepoForge, with no
>> indication that they're really really bad. As well as the recognition of
>> the reality that there are a very few repos that are frequently
>> recommended (and, in the case of EPEL, now easily enabled in CentOS).
> I think we should do a bit of work and find a tangiable set of standards
> that a repo needs to meet in order to be 'endorsed' or rated at a
> certain level. Because at the moment it does seem to add value to a repo
> or two over others, based on personal opinion.
> I am willing to write code to do this validation, but were going to need
> a set of good rules to implement.
> regards and thanks
> - KB
Maybe it isn't code that needs to be generated.

I obviously wasn't around for any IRC discussion of this page and its
I don't imagine there is any sort of log of that discussion I could review.

Rhetorical questions and comments:
Is it true some of these repos exist because CentOS wasn't adequate for some
particular purpose, but someone thought they could provide a parallel resource
to easily install additional software?

I imagine another motivation would be a quasi-fork. That is, someone
was offended
that a particular decision was not to their satisfaction, but thought a repo
could be used to eliminate the bad decision and implement their proposal.

>From Tom's comment I infer there was a need to warn people away from using some
repos that were consuming significant resources to help folks who had
trusted them.

It also appears that somehow Fedora's efforts have been mutually beneficial.

With these thoughts as background for my thinking, my brainstorm is that the
Special Interest Groups and spins may be the path to solving the need to have
additional non-CentOS resources and know they are sufficiently cooperative.

The Third Party Repositories section should not list any other repositories,
but should only note there are difficulties in making several independent
repositories safely usable and give a thorough explaination of what has happened
in the past without naming names.

The offer to help through Special Interest Groups and spins can then be noted.
This would be used to enter into a cooperative arrangement with each group that
wishes to start with the CentOS repositories and "improve" them.

If one implements a set of software tests for the quality of other folks work,
one is effectively committing to maintain those tests, which have no purpose
within the CentOS project. That means a CentOS project member is diverting time
from the CentOS project. Joint ventures, with agreements about how
they will work,
leverage the expertise of all participants for the benefit of all the projects.
Unilateral Quality Assurance tests consume time just generating
debates about the
quality of the tests, even before the maintenance issue comes up.

Atomic has a SIG. Maybe, EPEL needs one.