[Mageia-dev] Mirror layout, round two

Thomas Backlund tmb at iki.fi
Tue Nov 30 14:45:56 CET 2010

Samuel Verschelde skrev 30.11.2010 13:04:
> Le mardi 30 novembre 2010 11:37:42, Thomas Backlund a écrit :
>> So, after reading all different opinions here and discussing with
>> founders, here is the idea:
>> We start of with  3 medias: core, nonfree, tainted and 3 debug medias:
>> debug_core, debug_nonfree, debug_tainted. In order to avoid confusion,
>> we wont use the name "restricted" as it was used in MDV commercial products.
>> Now all of theese medias will have their 5 submedias: release, updates,
>> updates_testing, backports, backports_testing.
>> That brings us to 30 medias in total :)
>> The details of the media layout suggestion is also at the end of this
>> mail, and at: http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=mirrors_policy
>> Now...
>> We wont blindly import every package from cooker, instead  we'll
>> start off the import with basesystem (as in bootable system with
>> shell access), compiler and rpm tools (and of course their buildtime
>> depencies). When all of that is imported and rebuilt, we have a working
>> buildsystem / base to build from.
>> Then we to go on with and start importing X, the different
>> DE's and every other package needed to build a full distro.
>> By doing it this way, we get a clean start, every package rebuilt,
>> and no old/unmaintained stuff in the beginning.
>> Then as more maintainers join, I guess more packages will be imported
>> from cooker and other sources. And packages can always be requested.
>> As for those that want the core/extra split:
>> We already tried it with main/contrib split. And I know mdv is now
>> trying to refine what belongs in main or not, but thats for mdv
>> to work through the "problem" as it wont be an easy task.
>> For us I think the best way for now is to start with this suggested
>> layout, and see if it works well for us. Remember, as Michael pointed
>> out, this is a community supported distro, and only time will tell how
>> well the community actually will support their distro.
>> Point is, if we later decide this is not working well, we can always
>> review the decisions and if decided do the split.
>> Can we reach an agreement that this is the way to start the distro?
> OK for me provided support policy matters are not discarded forever but only delayed to allow things to start.

It wont be discarded.
We need to list package priority, wich ones must go through QA, and wich 
ones that are subject to maintainer qa & testing

> It would be great to start QA Team's organization as soon as possible. I don't think we need to wait for the BS and the packages to begin thinking about those matters.

Yes, its time to start defining policies around all this and team creation.


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