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Fedora merges Core and Extra repositories

By Mayank Sharma on May 03, 2007 (8:00:00 AM)

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At noon EDT today Red Hat developers began merging the Fedora Core and Extras repositories. The new merged Fedora repository is one of the major changes for the upcoming Fedora 7 release, and marks the first time a major distribution supported by a company has allowed members of the community to modify packages inside a distribution.

Before the merger, all core packages inside of Fedora, such as the kernel, were being maintained by Red Hat employees only. After the merger, people from the community will be allowed to work on these packages. The distribution will also use the external build system Koji to keep track of Fedora packages.

While no official count on the number of packages in the combined repository is available, Rahul Sundaram, a Fedora board member, estimates the number to be around 8,000. He also mentions that the single repository will help people create their own custom spins of Fedora, such as a Fedora KDE live CD, or get the entire repository in a couple of DVDs.

The initial plan is to first merge the development repositories. Once this is successful, repositories for the current Fedora release, Fedora Core 6, will also be merged. As per the merger's wiki page, the new directory structure on Fedora mirrors will look like:

pub/
`-- fedora
    `-- linux
        |-- development
        |-- releases
        |   |-- 6
        |   |-- 7
        |   `-- test
        |       |-- 6.90
        |       |-- 6.91
        |       `-- 6.92
        `-- updates
            |-- 5
            |-- 6
            `-- testing
                |-- 5
                `-- 6

Fedora 7 is scheduled to be released on May 24.

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A clarification

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on May 04, 2007 04:32 AM
What I said in <a href="http://rahulsundaram.livejournal.com/11669.html" title="livejournal.com">http://rahulsundaram.livejournal.com/11669.html</a livejournal.com> was that this would likely be the first time a distribution backed by a major commercial Linux vendor has enabled volunteer community folks wider access into a repository in a *equal footing*

Just having some amount of access is not the major part and is what we already in Fedora Extras a while back before the merge.

Hope that helps

Rahul Sundaram

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Re:A clarification

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on May 04, 2007 06:58 AM
What do you mean, "supported by/backed by"? Red Hat has no support contracts for Fedora. If you are using Fedora and it breaks, there's no one you can call at Red Hat and get support. This doesn't seem like much of a milestone to me. Post another story when Red Hat is taking submissions straight from "the community" and sticking them into RHEL.

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Re:A clarification

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on May 04, 2007 07:22 AM
"What do you mean, "supported by/backed by""

I didn't say "supported". When I said backed by I was referring to Red Hat paying for bandwidth, engineering resources, upstream development, packaging efforts, infrastructure, marketing etc.

"Red Hat has no support contracts for Fedora. If you are using Fedora and it breaks, there's no one you can call at Red Hat and get support. "

Right. That's called a commercial service level agreement which is available for Red Hat's products like RHEL. Fedora is a community project sponsored by Red Hat. There is a difference.

"This doesn't seem like much of a milestone to me"

That's because a commercial SLA has nothing to do with what I posted. Read the blog post completely if you want to understand the milestone.

"Post another story when Red Hat is taking submissions straight from "the community" and sticking them into RHEL."

Or Red Hat contributing lots of Free software to the community.

<a href="http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/RedHatContributions" title="fedoraproject.org">http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/RedHatContributions</a fedoraproject.org>

It goes both ways. That is freedom of the license.

Rahul Sundaram

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Re:A clarification

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on May 05, 2007 12:34 AM
Anyone is free to start up a business that does Fedora support.

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