On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:57:00 +0000
Oliver Smith <ollieparanoid_at_bitmessage.ch> wrote:
> Dear alpine-devel,
> two derivatives of Alpine Linux, Adélie and postmarketOS, are working on
> getting KDE Plasma upstreamed for Alpine. From the discussions in
> #alpine-devel, it seems clear that Alpine developers are not against
> including it and both groups are currently working together on
> upstreaming KDE Frameworks Tier 1 (which is basically the first group
> of packages, that makes sense to be upstreamed before the next group
I am very happy to see that people find Alpine useful for derivative
work. I want try my best to make things easier for both as much
> However, Adélie needs the LTS version (which makes sense to ship a
> stable experience for desktop users), while postmarketOS needs the
> latest stable (because plasma mobile is still in development and
> depends on that). For some context, I'm involved in the latter
I am more worried about the maintenance work that the initial work
adding new stuff. We ship stable releases and provide bug fixes and
security fixes. To reduce the workload I would think that it makes more
sense to try aim for LTS releases.
> This topic came up in #alpine-devel yesterday, and we were told, that
> we should take this to the mailing list to get more opinions from
> Alpine developers, especially from ncopa.
Thank you for bringing it up. This is sort of a classic problem of
conflict of interest: you have some users that want latest and greatest
features and you have users who wants stability and rock solid.
This the reason why we do the stable releases every 6 months. People
who wants latest and greatest can use 'edge' and people who wants
stability can use stable branch.
I looked at the KDE release history and it looks like:
- current LTS is 5.8 (from October 2016)
- latest stable is 5.11 (October 2017)
- next planned LTS is 5.12 (January 2018)
We have a 3.7-stable just around the corner and I think it may make
sense to wait with the KDE stuff til after the 3.7-stable release and
branch, unless the KDE 5.8 LTS is in a state where it is ready to merge.
Would it make sense to aim for KDE 5.12 for alpine v3.8?
I think I would prefer that.
> The question is: Does it make sense for Alpine to ship both versions?
We ship a main/nodejs (LTS) and a community/nodejs-current.
We ship a testing/firefox and a community/firefox-esr
This adds some extra maintenance work so I would really like to avoid
it if possible.
> In theory we could implement this by shipping the latest greatest
> packages with a "-current" suffix. But then again, KDE Plasma is not
> that small and means quite a lot of maintenance effort. The derivatives
> would maintain the packages, but for a package or update to land in
> Alpine, Alpine devs need to review and approve them, so this means
> additional work for Alpine, too.
I don't think it is realistic for us to maintain both. We simply don't
have resources for that.
> In case the answer to the question above is "no, let's do LTS only!",
> kaniini suggested yesterday, that it could be possible to use Alpine's
> building infrastructure to provide builds for the "-current" versions as
> unsupported packages. I would also be very interested in opinions
> regarding that statement. (Related alpine-infra post.)
I want help if we have the resources. I'll followup in that thread.
> Thanks for reading!
> Oliver Smith
> : https://github.com/alpinelinux/aports/pull/2495
> : https://plasma-mobile.org/
> : https://lists.alpinelinux.org/alpine-infra/0184.html
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Received on Fri Oct 27 2017 - 17:51:43 UTC