How Software Is Built
interviews Mandriva’s Helio Chissini de Castro.
“Sean: Would you tell me a little bit about how Mandrivas maintained? …
Helio: Our repository, our packages, and everything we do centralizes in the supervisional server. its one of the largest supervisional servers everaround a hundred gigabytes of database. It has the history of all packages and patches and branches and solutions, and its open for everyone thats using the computers, so they can see what is changing in every part, every time.
The most amazing thing is that you can easily port and push patches and make it available for everyone without having the harsh part of, OK, You need to pick the package that others wish and unpack it and see what is inside and then do the patch and apply for it. Its open, and its easy to see.”
(Thanks to Adam Williamson).