Non-trivial custom distros require non-trivial work
Posted Sep 13, 2007 9:02 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim
In reply to: Non-trivial custom distros require non-trivial work
Parent article: Fedora reaching out to new niches
Fedora spins are Fedora Collection subsets, because Fedora Everything (3 DVD) is very frightening to new users which have a specific goal and are not interested in a general-purpose solution. They're package selections with customized default-install rules.
Therefore they inherit the integration work done at Fedora, and any integration work they need is done at the Fedora level.
You can use the tools to combine Fedora Collection packages with third-party packages. But as you noted this will be an order of magnitude harder. Not because Fedora will go out of its way to make it hard, but because a lot of QA work goes into Fedora packages, which you won't find it in any random rpm floating on the internet.
I don't think the Fedora project is particularly interested in promoting this kind of hybrid spin either.
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