Regarding EPEL and Software Collections

Background

For RHEL 8, Red Hat made the decision to provide multiple versions of software in the form of App Stream modules instead of Red Hat Software Collections (RHSCLs).

SCLs are maintained by the CentOS Software Collections SIG, not the EPEL SIG.

RHEL 8 comes with the scl-utils and scl-utils-build packages—​which contain tools for using and building SCLs. These packages appear to function as expected with RHEL 8 and CentOS 8.

Recommendations

EPEL will not provide SCL support, although it will not prohibit use of the SCL tools provided with RHEL 8.

EPEL will not provide any SCLs.

EPEL encourages the community to follow Red Hat’s lead and provide multiple versions of software for RHEL 8 and CentOS 8 in the form of modules rather than SCLs.

For use cases that require the parallel installation of multiple versions of the same component, EPEL recommends the same solution as RHEL 8: containers.