[scribus] 1.4.0 RC1

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 19 18:45:15 CET 2011

On 02/19/2011 12:11 PM, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:21:58 +0100
> Peter Linnell<mrdocs at scribus.info>  dijo:
>>>>>> John Jason Jordan<johnxj at comcast.net>  dijo:
>>>>>>> My main computer is my laptop, which has Fedora 14, x86_64.
>>>>>> I finally found it. The syntax is "yum
>>>>>> --enablerepo=updates-testing install scribus." But apparently
>>>>>> 1.4.0 RC1 isn't in updates-testing yet:
>>>>>> scribus-1.3.9-1.fc14.x86_64 already installed and latest version
>>>>>> Nothing to do
>>>>> I just verified that 1.4.0 RC1 is not yet in Fedora
>>>>> updates-testing. Has it not been sent to them yet? Or have the
>>>>> fine folks at Fedora lost the file?
>>> All Linux users have the option of downloading the source code via
>>> svn, compiling Scribus, and installing it. The Wiki gives adequate
>>> instructions. That frees you from waiting on someone to put together
>>> a deb or rpm package. You will first need to download and install
>>> the gcc compiler. I already to this each night for the 1.5.0
>>> version.  Today I will set it up for 1.4.0 as well.
>> Correct. However, some folks like to use their native package manager
>> for their distribution. Even someone like me who has all the
>> development tools needed, I generally prefer even myself to use
>> packages. The exceptions for me are Scribus and Fontmatrix.
>> Moreover, not everyone has the knowledge of diagnosing failed compiles.
>> Often the error messages are not exactly friendly to someone new to
>> Linux..
>> As for Scribus, I think the team as a whole does a really good job of
>> releasing packages for all the platforms in a timely manner. Most of
>> the time the MacOSX, Windows, Debian/Ubuntu and rpms are all ready at
>> release time. Os/2 usually does not lag too often either. (Thanks
>> Paul!)
> I am sure that the problem lies with Fedora. When 1.3.9 was released I
> was able to install it from updates-testing right away. But they seem
> to have misplaced the 1.4.0 RC1 package.

Fedora has a bit of a patchy track record on inclusion of new versions, 
and especially with Scribus. In the past, they were including ones 
considered inadvisable (the dreaded 1.3.4, for example).

Aside from the desirability to have the latest/greatest, those unwilling 
to compile simply should wait it out.


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