Re: What about a user-contrib directory?
On Fri, 17 Oct 1997, Enrique Zanardi wrote:
> > > But _all_ of our software is user-contributed!
> > Yes, but the process is a bit more than just making a deb and
> > uploading it.
> Can you ellaborate a little bit on that, please?
Yes. You must send a message asking to become a developer, find some way
of authenticating yourself, and then wait for an account for you to be
created on master. Many people could probably care less about having
another account... And also, most people will feel obligated to follow
the mailing lists, participate in discussions, etc. Personally, I like
to, but it definitely increases the 'pain in the rear' factor. All in
all, a time consuming process that many would rather avoid.
> > In some ways, it seems to be a more scalable model. If we immagine a
> > future with not 1000, 10000, but say 100000 cool unix packages floating
> > around. Obviously there will still be the core of important things, that
> > the main developers will want to handle, but without the number of
> > developers growing proportionately, we can't keep up.
> No problem, any user competent enough to build a package and upload it
> to the proposed "user-contributed" section can become a Debian developer
Yes, but will they?
> > And having a huge number of developers seems a bit unweildy.
> What do you mean by unwieldy?
Too noisy, too hard to manage, too difficult to keep rehashing the same
debates with. See? I bet this debate has already taken place, and now
it's going on again. I suppose that in theory I ought to go read the
archives or something, but I don't think I, nor many other people, have
As I tried to make clear, I'm not really convinced either way, I just
wanted to think out loud and hear other's opinions.
David Welton http://www.efn.org/~davidw
Debian GNU/Linux - www.debian.org
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