Posted Jul 16, 2012 16:46 UTC (Mon) by epa (subscriber, #39769)
Parent article: Left by Rawhide
Fedora's six-month cycle keeps it fairly current but sometimes you want the very latest version of something or other. If it's already in Rawhide you can download the source package and rebuild it - after downloading, rebuilding, and installing all the packages it depends on, recursively. This kind of 'dependency hell' for binary packages went away when tools like apt and yum became common. But rebuilding from source is still a largely manual operation in the rpm world. If tools had better support for selectively upgrading certain packages (either as binaries, or rebuilding from source) then you could largely get the best of both worlds by running ordinary Fedora releases and occasionally sucking down an update from Rawhide. Things would still break, of course, but perhaps not as much as running Rawhide for everything.
I believe apt and dpkg offer something like this where you can run Debian stable and pick certain packages from unstable?