Re: [Debconf-discuss] Registration FAQ
Christian Perrier <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Quoting MJ Ray (email@example.com):
> > I mean the preliminary schedule of which general topics are hoped to
> > be on which days, so part-time visitors can prioritise [...]
> I think it's pretty hard to expect something really reliable about
> this. To my experience, there has never been topic grouping in the
> schedule and, given the way Debconf sets itself up, I'd bet it will
> not happen.
Thanks for the reply, but note I didn't ask for "something really
reliable", but for preliminary.
The lack of topic grouping is a bug in debconf set-up, isn't it?
> It's understandable that it may be disappointing for part-time
> visitors as you have no idea of the better schedule you should follow
> (IIRC, you had this problem in EDI). OTOH, when coming from Europe, do
> you really expect to stay only 3 or 4 days?
Yes, I'd really much prefer that. If I travel from Europe, I am
unlikely to be alone (yay health) and others who would probably be
with me don't care about debconf AFAIK. Also, as a non-geek, I find
debconf attendees in general a stressful and tiring group to interact
with, so I burn out after a few days of that effort. Finally, while
debian *use* is mostly work for me, debian *development* is mostly a
hobby. How many people will spend over a solid week away for their
hobby each year? Does debconf not want mainstream developers?
(I'm not unusual in hobby-developing: fewer than 1 in 8 free software
users in general are doing it to make money, according to surveys like
Ghosh, 2004; by nearly all estimates I've seen, less than 50% of
developers earn money from it at all (Political Motives of Developers
for Collaboration on GNU/Linux, Tobias Escher, 2004-07).)
> Debconf is, more or less by definition, something that you really
> benefit from when you participate to the entire event, really.
It's a shame if there's no willingness to make debconf more easily
accessible to a wider range of developers. It seems likely to lead to
forking as we grow, with all the drawbacks that involves.
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