The RPM Fusion Project was
week. Three repositories, Dribble
will merge to provide Fedora and Red
Hat Enterprise Linux users with add-on software packages.
This will actually be separated into two repositories. One for free and
the other for non-free software (as defined by the Fedora Packaging
Guidelines). The free repository, presumably hosted outside the U.S., will
contain software that cannot be packaged by Fedora because of
U.S. restrictions (patents), but is considered free in other parts of the
world. The current
thought is that it should be possible for Fedora to link to this
repository from the main Fedora site, although I don't think that the Red
Hat legal department has had its final say.
The non-free repository will contain software that has "no commercial use"
restrictions or otherwise doesn't conform to anyone's definition of free
such as the the graphics drivers from Nvidia. It seems unlikely that a
link will be made from a main Fedora site to this non-free area, but a link
could be made from the free part of RPM Fusion.
RPM Fusion repositories will follow Fedora's packaging guidelines (except
for legal), Fedora's review process for new submissions, Fedora's VCS
structure, etc. to ensure compatibility with Fedora systems.
RPM Fusion will have competition from other projects. ATrpms.net has declined to join RPM Fusion.
Over the last couple of months I had been involved in two projects, epel
and rpmfusion, that happened to also involve Thorsten. It turns out that
we make a very bad team to make an understatement. I don't like what epel
is turning to, and I also don't like what rpmfusion has stalled into.
My personal dream of getting all third party repos including not
only the ones that are still on this list, but also Dag, Dries, KB,
ccrma and centos+/sl+ slowly crumbled into ashes. Instead of a grand
merger we would simply achieve reducing N to M < N.
RPMforge.net is yet another somewhat
similar project. According to its manifest: "The
RPMforge.net project is an independent community-driven project to provide
the infrastructure and tools to allow users, developers and packagers to
meet and work together to provide and improve RPM packages." This
project provides an extensive list of RPM packages for Red
Hat, Fedora and Aurora systems.
For many users the RPM Fusion project will provide all the extra packages
they need. Other users will appreciate that they have a choice, other
places where their needs may be met. Some competition is rarely a bad
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