I am a maintainer and packager in openSUSE and I would say that the macro set in other modern distributions (Fedora, Mandriva) is rather compatible with ours. The only macros with which we have problems are icon update ones and of course with the names of the devel packages.
> But rpm5 also seems like an attempt at macro set unification, which isn't likely with RH controlled branch FWIW.
RPM5 is a way to break package compatibility between distributions first of all.
Anyway, I am sure that any migration to RPM5 cannot be justified with such behavior of the upstream. I read the Jeff's posts in the mailing list, his accusations of everybody around of being mentally ill etc and I would say that anybody who still wants to migrate to RPM5 should blame themselves for their stupidity.
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