[arch-general] [arch-dev-public] signoff kernel26-

Alessio Bolognino themolok.ml at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 12:39:47 EDT 2008

On Wed 2008-03-26 16:46 , Jan de Groot wrote:
> [...]
> If patching is no longer allowed, get ready for a time where packages are
> stuck in testing for ages because upstream broke it. Get ready to run a distro
> that breaks your system on every pacman -Syu because upgrade paths are not
> handled.  Yes, this is win win win I guess.
> If we want to go this way, I consider myself as ex-developer and switch to
> another distribution or operating system that just works and gives me the
> power to do things the right way. Instead of building packages for people that
> tell me I'm doing the wrong thing, I'll do upstream software development, in
> this case GNOME.

I think we are overrating the problem here. I never saw in Arch's packages
patches applied just for fun, or to add useless features. Most of the patches
are to make software compile with the new release of gcc, to fix broken
makefiles and the like.

One of the few packages with a lot of patches is the kernel, but most of them
only add hardware support, e.g. I have no idea why mactel patches aren't merged
in the vanilla tree, but I'd like to boot Arch on my macbook anyway.
IMHO the actual maintainer of kernel26 is doing a good job. If someone wants a
kernel26-zomgvanillaistehbest , he can remove all the patches and create the
packages by himself.

Alessio (molok) Bolognino

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