Warren, yes. (I'll take your word on the date for Extras. Sounds believable.) Since the
early days, Fedora has had many auxiliary repositories like "Extras". And yes, "Extras" was
kinda sorta special. But what people were clamoring for (for almost 4 years) was for the
"Core" of Fedora Core to open up. You know, the "community distro" itself. Not the auxiliary
repos. And *you know that very well*. How could you not? At this late date, isn't it really
best to just admit it and go on? As I recall, it was only *very shortly* before the end of
May 2007 release of F7 that the merged cvs repo was completed.
And I could dig up plenty of "What the hell is taking the Fedora guys so long?" articles over
the 4 year period, including at least one pretty good one from LWN, IIRC. Want me to?