[Mageia-dev] How will be the realese cycle?

Greg Harris glharris at panix.com
Thu Oct 7 16:22:04 CEST 2010

  On 10/7/2010 7:23 AM, Olivier Méjean wrote:
> Le jeudi 7 octobre 2010 13:00:21, Marc Paré a écrit :
>> I would challenge people to find a regular user who knew what the
>> "Backport" option was for, you may find some but clearly, they would be
>> in the minority. Otherwise, it would have been used quite extensively by
>> users. This is exactly what a user is usually interested in updating
>> his/her installation.
> Backport was a media added for Mandriva 2007 in order to provide latest
> versions of software. However, backport rpms were (and are) not officially
> supported by Mandriva on the contrary of rpms in main (either /main/release or
> /main/updates)
> That make sense for a company based distribution to operate such a
> discrimination, i am not sure that we have to follow such a way in a
> community-driven distribution.
> Olivier
You hit the point precisely. Mandriva's backports was a terrific idea 
that does not succeed because (1) it is disabled by default and the 
means to enable it as an update medium are made obscure by intention and 
design and (2) the strange attitude taken, by some maintainers at least, 
that anyone using backports is on their own ("Backports are not 

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