A lot has been said already in this thread, and I'm not qualified to
contribute to the technical discussion but am happy to contribute my two
cent #1: removing all static libs from fedora overnight would cause
headaches for a sizeable chunk of fedora users.
cent #2: making -static RPMs available, at least for one full fedora
release cycle, but probably longer, would be a sensible migration path.
It seems obvious to me that when you are considering a change such as
this that you should be cautious. I think it's fair to consider static
linking as a 'deprecated API'. As such, if a decision is made to move
away from it, then it should hang around as an available option for a
fair while, to enable people to migrate or re-architect. Anything else
is just a bit rude.
Forcing people to adjust overnight because suddenly a technically
superior solution has been mandated will unnecessarily alienate a lot of
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