[scribus] 1.4.0 RC1

Peter Linnell mrdocs at scribus.info
Sat Feb 19 21:59:13 CET 2011

On 02/19/2011 06:45 PM, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> 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.
> Greg

Well putting on my  packager's hat for a moment, I might be hesitant to
bother with an release candidate for many reasons, including distro
policy etc.

That is one of several reasons, we make a substantial effort to provide
updated rpms and .debs ourselves.

And moreover, I think our track record on packaging is pretty good. I've
not had any one shout at me "You broke my system!" From our packages :)


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