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

On Sat, Feb 08, 2014 at 12:49:37PM -0700, Bdale Garbee wrote:
> I have carefully considered Ian's current proposal for a process and
> schedule to reach a next ballot on the init system issue, and do not
> believe it is the best way for us to proceed.
> The fundamental problem is that I remain as convinced now as I was when
> I posted my last CFV that conflating multiple questions in a single
> ballot is a bad idea.  Our voting system works exceptionally well when
> we're trying to choose between multiple alternatives for a single
> question.  But as others have observed, trying to mix questions into a
> matrix of alternatives in a single ballot really complicates the
> process.  I believe it both tempts us all to take a more tactical
> approach to voting than appropriate, and increases the risk of stumbling
> over corner cases in the process which could lead to surprising results.

I have a lot of sympathy with Ian's position here, hence my previous FD
votes; I think we do need to finish hashing this out, and it was
valuable to run the combined votes (even abortively) since the
combination certainly could have made a significant and important
difference.  However, looking through the votes cast so far, I do not
see how separating them is actually going to make a discernible
difference to the outcome of either part, and so I don't feel that I can
personally justify holding things up any more for this.  I also hope
that resolving this part will vent a little pressure so that we can deal
with the rest more effectively.

> As per Constitution 6.3.1, I call for an immediate vote on the following
> ballot, with a voting period of one week or until the outcome is no
> longer in doubt:
> - - - start ballot - - -
> We exercise our power to decide in cases of overlapping jurisdiction
> (6.1.2) by asserting that the default init system for Linux
> architectures in jessie should be
>   D    systemd 
>   U    upstart
>   O    openrc
>   V    sysvinit (no change)
>   F    requires further discussion
> Should the project pass a General Resolution before the release of
> "jessie" asserting a "position statement about issues of the day" on
> init systems, that position replaces the outcome of this vote and is
> adopted by the Technical Committee as its own decision.

I vote UDOFV.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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