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Bug#727708: call for votes on default Linux init system for jessie

On Sat, Feb 08, 2014 at 05:46:07PM -0500, Paul Tagliamonte wrote:
> > This should not be our priority.  Our purpose
> > here is to make sound technical decisions on behalf of the project, not to
> > preserve the TC's (or Debian's) "reputation" among third parties who have no
> > legitimate say in the outcome.

> At this point, it's blocking folks inside Debian, who are stakeholders.
> It's not just the trolls of reddit and the internet, it's DDs who are
> annoyed there's no decision and integration work isn't started. We're
> less than a year from freeze.

Annoyed, yes.  Blocked, no.  There has never been anything blocking any
Debian developer from doing work on improving the integration of systemd in
Debian, on their own packages or on the packages of others.  This has always
been possible, without making systemd the default at all.

If anyone *does* think they are blocked in doing this integration work
because the default has not been decided, that can only be because of a
misunderstanding of what deciding the default *means*.  And that is
precisely why I don't think it's good for the TC to send such an easily
misinterpreted message by deciding the default without addressing the
surrounding issues.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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