Might have been worth talking to some people here, rather than trying to work it out from ML postings ... esp. as generally people aren't going to just randomly post to a ML saying "Yeh, we looked at rpm5 but ... hahaha, no"
Trying to reply to just the most obvious "OMG, WTF" parts of this article:
> Only a handful of committers show up in the repository; almost all of
> them work for Red Hat
You could say the same thing about glibc, or coreutils, or probably a bunch of other tools.
> This [rpm5] version has focused on wider portability, has added features
> like new compression formats, and a number of other things
...both of which are rpm.org only, AFAIK. I know that internal changes went into 4.9.0 to speed up higher level packaging, and another one is planned for 4.9.1 or 4.9.2. Both are rpm.org only.
rpm5 does have rpmgrep though ... haha.
> According to Jeff, killing an rpm4 operation in the middle can leave a
> corrupted system behind; rpm5 is meant to eliminate that possibility
Yeh, right. Think about that. %post can create random files in the FS and then restart a running service ... how do you make that ACID?
Sure, you can make it better ... but, whatever, better doesn't mean much when you say "ACID" and what you get is that you can do one of "yum history redo last" or "yum history undo last" (which is what rpm.org has).
> The rpm5 fork arguably has more development activity and some
> interesting new features
People can argue anything on the internet, both projects are in git though so you can do better than this.
And again with the "some new features", maybe speak to the two/three rpm5 proponents and find out what they are?
> And, importantly, Mandriva's RPM maintainer, Per Øyvind Karlsen,
> wanted to go that way:
Indeed, he's one of the 2 or 3 upstream rpm5 contributors.
> It must be said that, through this process, Jeff has clearly put in a
> massive amount of time supporting Mandriva. [...]
> It is a rare development project that will put that much effort into
> supporting its users - even high-profile users; Jeff has performed a
> real service for Mandriva.
I would expect this kind of commitment from anything so core to the distro. ... but maybe that's just me.
> If rpm5 performs well in the final Mandriva 2011 release, it could
> motivate questions from users of some of the other distributions on why
> they are stuck with the "older" version [...] Either way, it seems that
> this particular drama has not played itself out yet
Again, I think you would have done much better with a "conclusion" here had you spoken to some people ... as I would say that the chance of Fedora moving from rpm to "rpm5" is a bit less than that of it moving to dpkg. Maybe the SuSE guys (or other Fedora people) have a different opinion, but I would bet heavily against that too.