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

Gustavo Giampaoli giampaoli.gustavo at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 16:42:15 CEST 2010

IMHO that if we want that "backports" be more "popular", we must stop
promoting like "for advanced users":


"The testing and backports repositories for each section will be
configured on your system but disabled (they are disabled by default
to ensure you do not install packages from these repositories by
accident, since they could potentially not work as well as those from
the release and updates repositories). To use these repositories,
simply run the Software Media Manager as discussed in #Making more
applications available and check the boxes to enable them. We
recommend that you do not leave either repository permanently enabled,
but enable them if you wish to install a specific package from them,
install the package, and then disable them again."

If you give this kind of description to non-advanced / geek users, of
course they will be afraid to try backports. And, if they don't try
backports, you'll have lot of people knocking at your door asking for
rolling distro.

Of course, I'm not saying "let's lie to people".

If backports are "dangerous", we can't think in tell everyone "you
want updated packages? Try backports" because not everyone will have
the ability to handle problems or system instability.

But, if backports aren't that dangerous, why to show them with red
lights and warnings?


Gustavo Giampaoli (aka tavillo1980)

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