Hello fellow developers! It's been some time since my last bits. But rejoice: there is so much to say that I will certainly miss a lot of things and have to do another e-mail within a short time. I am going to give my opinion about a few current topics. I am well aware that I cannot take everyone's side. You are of course free to disagree with me, but I cannot stay neutral about everything. Debian is not a Wikipedia article. FTP assistants -------------- Since my call for new FTP assistants , an amazing fifteen people have contacted me to offer help, and none of them is a release manager or someone already with big responsibilities in Debian. Which means that hopefully we will have too many people willing to do the job. I just sent a commented list of people to the FTP team. What is going to happen now is yet undecided, but although I have not taken the time to answer everyone so far, I'll keep each of the volunteers informed. The DM proposal --------------- Developers are currently being asked to vote about the concept of Debian Maintainers  as proposed by Anthony Towns. Anyone with enough courage to read -vote must have seen the hot discussions about it. I must admit that there are extremely convincing arguments both supporting and opposing the proposal and I am not going to repeat them. I will however state the main reason why I am going to vote *for* the proposal and not wait for something different: because it dilutes power. The concentration of powers in Debian has been worrying me for ages and I consider the benefits of this power dilution to outweigh the cost of the various disadvantages that have been exposed. I would also like to comment on the alleged privacy violations that have occurred on debian-vote. While everyone has a right to privacy that should be respected within Debian, there is a difference between the privacy of the person and the secrecy of the information. As I said in my DPL platform , our Social Contract's "We will not hide problems" is not only for our BTS. So if something is preventing Debian from working properly, I will welcome any reasonable attempt to make that information known to everyone in Debian. APT's Recommends handling ------------------------- Today's hot discussion is about APT now installing Recommended packages by default . Again, what I am seeing in this thread is something I exposed in my platform: conservatism and reluctancy to change. The APT developers' decision is consistent (with aptitude) and policy-compliant. Recommended packages are the packages that are installed together in all but unusual installations. If you have an unusual installation, please use --no-install-recommends. If you believe a Recommends: field is wrong, please report a bug against the package so that it is either dropped or changed into a Suggests: field. Events ------ I talked about Debian at an Ubuntu install party in Paris on June 30th and at the 8th Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre in Amiens on July 13th. Both events were recorded and I will submit the video files to our archive. In the meantime, the slides are available from my webpage . Patch sharing project --------------------- One of the big technical projects in my platform was "Take back from other distributions", through the sharing of patches across different distributions amongst others. I have met with Mandriva executives last week and talked to members of the Ubuntu community about ways to achieve this, and we are going to launch a "neutral" project that can hopefully be used by developers from all distributions. I do not have many details to share yet because all the communication was done in French, but once the organisation is decided I will say more about it. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested.  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/07/msg00003.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/07/msg00009.html  http://www.debian.org/vote/2007/platforms/sho  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2007/08/msg00000.html  http://sam.zoy.org/lectures/ Regards, -- Sam.
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