[lug] RedHat Improvement Suggestions

Tom Tromey tromey at redhat.com
Wed Aug 1 23:26:56 MDT 2001

>>>>> "Ferdinand" == Ferdinand Schmid <fschmid at archenergy.com> writes:

Ferdinand> RedHat likes to change the behavior of their distributions
Ferdinand> significantly with every update (and without a warning).
Ferdinand> Sometimes I get the impression they do this just because a
Ferdinand> new version of some package came out and not because there
Ferdinand> is a real improvement compared to the previous version.

I'd say that, generally speaking, package maintainers only release a
new version if there is something worth releasing.  So choosing the
latest version by default is not unreasonable.

I think in reality certain packages get a lot more attention than
other packages.  For instance, the kernel, glibc, and the compiler get
a lot of attention.  Real engineering work goes into making them fit
for inclusion in Red Hat Linux.  You can see this by simply looking at
the patches that are applied in the RPM.

Other packages don't get as much attention.  As an extreme example, I
doubt anybody takes much care of `xpuzzles'.  It simply isn't very

Ferdinand> It would also be nice if RedHat would make ReiserFS a
Ferdinand> choice.  If you don't think it is production quality then
Ferdinand> simply state that in the installation GUI.  But you
Ferdinand> could/should still give your users a choice of file
Ferdinand> systems.

I agree.

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