Ten years of Fedora
Posted Sep 24, 2013 0:21 UTC (Tue) by torquay
In reply to: Ten years of Fedora
Parent article: Ten years of Fedora
Isn't API up to upstream?
API and ABI breakage is a bug, and Fedora fixes bugs before releasing its compilation to users, no ?
Fedora is in a good position to spot such breakage, whether by manual or automatic means, and submit patches upstream. Otherwise Fedora can refuse to ship an updated library until upstream fixes its API breakage. It's better to be part of the solution, rather than to continue propagating API instability throughout the Linux ecosystem.
As Fedora uses "first" as a motivation, how about being the first to have a deliberate API compatibility tests for the libraries and other software it ships? Part of the work is done already: http://upstream-tracker.org
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