To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Another suggestion to RedHat [Was: Suggestion to RedHat] Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 10:15:11 -0500 From: Dave Lawrence <email@example.com> We at Red Hat are working on getting the Contrib Net up and running very soon which will address these issues. The Contrib Net will basically run parallel with the regular contrib section but it will have designated maintainers who will actively support certain contrib RPMS. Therefore they will address issues such as bugs and new releases of RPM files. That way the Contrib Net RPMS will be verifiable that they came from who they say they did. Look for details on the web site about when this is operational. We will urge people to use those as opposed to the ones in the normal contrib for obvious reasons. > > I mean, at the very least, one should be able to check out the contrib > > dirs. I've noted that a lot of recent releases make their way there in > > fairly short order. > > > The problem with contrib dir is that you can never trust what you have > there. I do not want to say that there are lots of trojan horses over > there, but there are lots of packages that are broken or somehow > incorrect. For me going to the contrib directory is like looking for > something useful in a big garbage bag. > > Actually, I just got an idea - may be you (RedHat) should build a > Web-based voting system for contrib directory, where everybody can vote if > some package works/does not work. And when some package has enough good > votes, it should be moved to another directory (like contrib/tested). > Later you may consider improving this system by giving the updated > packages made by the same packager some fraction of votes he got for the > previous version. > David Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org -- PLEASE read the Red Hat FAQ, Tips, Errata and the MAILING LIST ARCHIVES! http://www.redhat.com/RedHat-FAQ /RedHat-Errata /RedHat-Tips /mailing-lists To unsubscribe: mail email@example.com with "unsubscribe" as the Subject.