Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 461196
RFE: Ship stable stable Scribus only or keep updated with SVN
Last modified: 2011-12-06 10:50:52 EST
Description of problem:
There is a "problem" in that the currently shipped and maintained version in Fedora (1.3.4-5.fc9) is outdated and is incompatible with the latest stable (126.96.36.199) release from upstream. Also 1.3.4 has been ditched in favor of 1.3.5 in SVN. The main problem with this is that people working with Scribus on Fedora cannot share their work with others easily as the upstream project only offers (for example for Windows or Mac) the latest stable version of a build of SVN, Fedora has a old development version which makes it imposible to stay compatible with these other versions.
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The current version in Fedora, being outdate serves no purpose even to test out the latest development version of Scribus, as bugs reported against this version to upstream are invalidated due to there being another, newer version. Nor can users work in projects with others that may be using the latest stable version, as Fedora doesn't provide the stable branch either. So currently Scribus users seem to be left in "limbo". Why not provide only the stable branch, or even maybe both versions being mutually exclusive, and the SVN one through the -testing repositories, only?
1.3.4 has some bugs that won't be fixed for that particular version (See "Signal #6 crashing Scribus" bugs in upstream tracker, for example)
The points you bring forward are all valid. I will be more than happy to upgrade to 1.3.5 as soon as it is released (see rawhide for a svn snapshot). However having 1.3.4 in f9 was bad enough (instead of 1.3.3.x) that I will not upgrade unless there is a stable release of 1.3.5.
The current version of Scribus that ships with Fedora 11 (1.3.5) is an unstable "beta" version.
The best explanation that I have seen for Scribus version numbering was just posted by John Culleton on the Scribus mailing list: "1.3.5 is forever unstable. 1.3.4 is both unstable and abandoned. 188.8.131.52 is the only stable version."
Scribus 184.108.40.206 is the version that should be shipped with Scribus. Anyone doing real work with Scribus on Fedora at this time should be using that version.
Until the package with stable scribus 1.3.3.x passes the review process (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=519135) it is available from http://fedora.danny.cz/danny/
This report is outdated now that 1.3.3.x is not maintained anymore.
In addition, this package should be in sync with upstream. Fedora version is 1.3.9 while upstream is 1.4.0 release candidate. Because its ticket is about update with SVN, it should be at least with 1.5.x.
Scribus in Fedora 15 and 16 will be updated to 1.4.0 when it's released. Until then you can get the 1.4.0rcX from http://fedora.danny.cz/danny/