[Mageia-dev] What to do for software having MDV/Mandriva in name

Michael scherer misc at zarb.org
Mon Jan 17 10:44:06 CET 2011

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 09:49:24AM +0100, Romain d'Alverny wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 02:07, Olivier Thauvin
> <nanardon at nanardon.zarb.org> wrote:
> > I am supposed to be the maintainers of this software, required by base
> > of the system:
> >
> > perl-MDV-Distribconf-4.02-1mdv2010.1.src.rpm
> > perl-MDV-Packdrakeng-1.13-5mdv2010.1.src.rpm
> >
> > Should we remove the 'MDV' part ?
> Why should we?
> As I understand it, this is the name of a specific package of Perl
> stuff; at most, the "MDV" part is only a name tag (it's not a
> registered trademark, barely a brand either) and it shows some
> inheritance from MandrakeSoft/Mandriva days, because that's how the
> software package was named at the start.

We could also find a recursive acronym :

MDV  -> MDV Distribution Versionning ?

> As Hoyt points out, it would be more relevant to change the tag
> if/when/once this code base grows independantly from the original one.

Well, we can also ( and I think we should ) aim for keeping compatibility,
and in fact, try to avoid forking too much. We can and should collaborate.

Now, if some software are dropped ( or about to be ) by upstream, yes, forking
would be a alternative.
Michael Scherer

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