[Mageia-discuss] Mandriva is switching to rpm5, and other news

Maarten Vanraes maarten.vanraes at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 11:36:57 CET 2010

Op vrijdag 03 december 2010 10:21:38 schreef andre999:
> Maarten Vanraes a écrit :
> > Op donderdag 02 december 2010 23:09:14 schreef Morgan Leijström:
> >> ADDING to what i just wrote:
> >>> A week or so old news but I saw it now...
> >>> 
> >>> <http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2011.0_specs_proposal#Swith_to_rpm5>
> >>> <http://ostatic.com/blog/whats-coming-in-mandriva-2011>
> >>> <http://proyvind.net/wordpress/?p=71>
> >>> 
> >>> Citing proyvind from last link:
> >>> "...I think we will end up being able to be the awesome alternative in
> >>> the forked world, hoping for interest of other distros, actively
> >>> inviting their participation and offering to help merge,..."
> >> 
> >> - i forgot to paste the best part:
> >> 
> >> "I’m curious about what stance Mageia will take on this though, I’m
> >> certainly hoping they will adopt our work and allow for us to help them
> >> and contribute back and forth, if not I fear they’ll miss out on several
> >> changes in just perl-URPM done recently during rpm5 rewrite, and even
> >> more so those planned when rpm5 upgrade situtation settles.."
> >> 
> >>> There are also other goodies in the middle link i hope we can coopreate
> >>> with them on.
> > 
> > well, i'm not adverse to cooperation, but RPM5 is in my opinion FAR too
> > unstable to be used for use on our first release.
> > 
> > I would say, let mandriva find the bugs first and let it give rpm5 a
> > testrun with their users; by the time we hit our second release, we will
> > have a for sure stable version of it.
> I've been following RPM5 (and the associated urpm4) on cooker for a
> while now ...
> All 3 stories come from the person integrating rpm5 into Mandriva - he
> was recently hired to do just that, with full support of management.
> To me it looks like rpm5 itself won't be the big problem - rather
> changing the urpmi tools and adapting the build system to work with it.
> Not sure which way Mageia should go at first, but the newer versions of
> their tools will be based on rpm5.
> It was interesting how cooker wasn't warned of the changes - suddenly
> many developers were left unable to do any anything, until Per fixed the
> bugs he created.  And then they learned about the planned switch.
> A perfect example of how NOT to do things :)

indeed, noone said anything, but that is how i felt.

The thing is, that cooker testers are a bunch of people who do things in more 
or less the same way; i fear regular users might do stuff another way.

imo, i think/fear Mandriva will (after they release) have some RPM5 issues 
that regular users will be impacted of.

I would take the sure road, and keep our working tools at level before the 
upgrade; and follow up the stuff that happens.

imo, if we don't use rpm5 right now, we lose nothing; i'm sure it'll be an 
improvement; however, is it necessary at this moment? i think not.

imo the risk outweighs the benefits at this time. especially since we're short 
on time.
> It is good that Per is open to cooperation - his experiences will be a
> big asset when we do follow suit - which I expect we will, sooner or later.
> Maarten, have you taken a close look at it ?

I'm had discussions with Per around the time of the forking. however, i (and 
others) feel that we need to structure ourselves first before going down that 

I think after the release (and org structure will be stable) we could very 
well start the talks, imho.

thing to keep in mind is that Mandriva is backed by a company and we by our 
non-profit organisation, the last thing i would want to do is taint the 
organisation, so we need to be careful there.

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