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

Michael Gilbert <mgilbert@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> Because -policy doesn't have a decision-making process other than
>> consensus, so Ian's objections to all of the positions shy of L and my
>> objections to L would deadlock and effectively block the -policy
>> discussion from ever reaching a decision.  There is no method for
>> either of us to be overridden.

> But at least it would follow the usual process, and only when
> consensus does actually fail does the TC need to mediate.

If you're looking for Policy Editors who enjoy running things through a
process that won't be successful just so that we can say they've been run
through a process, you're going to need someone other than me.  I find
that sort of thing to be tedious in the extreme and a giant waste of
everyone's time.  I have about four thousand things I could be working on
in Debian that would be more useful than going through that exercise.

> There would also presumably be proposed diffs to the policy text from
> both sides for the TC to review, and decide among the options, and
> that would be far more nuanced than this or that init as currently
> proposed.

I certainly hope that no one would spend lots of time drafting wording
without some broad agreement on what we wanted to say.  It's rare that the
question really rests on some point of minor nuance or phrasing; it's
better to hash out rough, broad statements until we get to some general
point of agreement and then work on diffs.  Otherwise, again, you run the
risk of wasting a bunch of people's time.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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