[CentOS] How to install XFCE on CentOS 8?

Thu Feb 18 13:05:23 UTC 2021
Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>

On Thu, 18 Feb 2021 at 04:47, Simon Matter <simon.matter at invoca.ch> wrote:

> >
> > Smooge, you know I feel your pain, but becoming a maintainer in EPEL has
> > a pretty high bar (lots of new tools and methods to work with, amongst
> > other things) -- as it SHOULD, given that it's intended as an addon to
> > EL and needs to be very tightly controlled.  It's just more difficult to
> > get started these days relative to when anyone could build an rpm as
> > long as they had a copy of Maximum RPM and knew how to drive 'rpm -ba'
> > .... back when building as root in a non-reproducible buildroot wasn't a
> > cardinal sin.....
> >
> I've just started reading https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL/FAQ and
> realized this became a problem which hurts EPEL much more than Fedora.
> IMHO it simply got too difficult to maintain packages for quite a number
> of software tools. It explains why there are so many missing, outdated or
> dead packages in Fedora and more so in EPEL.
> What worries me even more is that things have changed to be worse with
> every release than becoming better.
To put it bluntly, is that there are multiple issues going on:

1. We have a large number of people who have gotten used to someone else
doing the work for them and not having to care about the software
themselves. In doing so they have this idea that building the software is
exactly like it was when they got into computers. [* This isn't a new
2. Software gets more complicated and more interdependent to do the many
things software consumers expect it to accomplish.
3. Software changes more rapidly because more people are able to work on
code and people have this odd thing of deciding that whoever wrote the code
last was a complete idiot and this new method/language is much better. [The
only time it is funny is the once a week where a git blame shows you that
the last idiot was you.]
4. With millions of software consumers, there are millions of 'opinions' of
what they need and Linux being a system which allows you to shoot your foot
in a billion ways tries to accomplish all of them.

* When I was getting into software in the 1990's there were a lot of people
who had been using Unix systems from the 1970's who found 'modern' software
to be too complicated to build and coders were out of their minds for
adding in such complexity when no one needed an editor more than ed. At the
time I thought they were 'joking' but when I went to work at various places
I found they were dead serious. The change is that where in the 1990's
there were only hundreds of people like that, now there are maybe a low

Trying to build large amounts of divergent code and make it stay working is
very hard. As much as modules are a bane of my existence, something like
them is absolutely necessary for many complicated stacks from desktop
software to web applications. Writing basic rpms is even more complicated
than in 1999 because there are so many corner cases which have to be dealt
with. Writing modules is adding more layers of indirection on top of that
because it is trying to keep the Rube Goldberg machine of each individuals
'choices' going.

Frankly unless someone can figure out a way to make the packaging
janitorial work sexy enough to have people interested in it.. or people who
need this stuff actually pay people to do it.. this is all going to fall
apart like all infrastructure which was 'someone else's problem'.

> Regards,
> Simon
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Stephen J Smoogen.