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Re: Let's be friends. (Non-maintainer uploads made easier)



kooij@mpn.cp.philips.com (Joost Kooij)  wrote on 24.10.97 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.971024171449.23133D-100000@host-64-47.mpn.cp.philips.com>:

> On 24 Oct 1997, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>
> > 	I'd prefer to think we were all friends here in the project,
> >  without needing to formalize the process. What am I if I am not on a
> >  friends list, an enemy?
>
> You are perverting my words ( I hope "perverting" doesn't insult you ;-) )
>
> It is not about creating formalities to bureaucraticize and politcize
> Debian, it is about creating structures to support a constructive
> cooperation.

It sure looks to me as if it is indeed about "creating formalities to  
bureaucraticize and politcize Debian", as it seems to give us absolutely  
nothing else that we don't already have.

We already _can_ make non-maintainer uploads just fine.

> > Joost> People can be "friend" for multiple packages, which should
> > Joost> improve communication between packages.

They don't need a Friends: listing for that, they can already do it today.

> > Joost> Packages can have a "friend" who _does_ still have a libc5
> > Joost> system to develop on.

They don't need a Friends: listing for that, they can already do it today.

> > Joost> Mailinglists called <package>@lists.debian.org can be used for
> > Joost> "friends" of <package>.

They don't need a Friends: listing for that, they can already do it today.

> > Joost> Beginning maintainers can partake in "friendships" to learn the
> > Joost> tricks of the trade.

They don't need a Friends: listing for that, they can already do it today.

> > Joost> A Debian-general core team can be declared "friend" of all
> > Joost> packages, just in case.

We don't have a "core team". ISTR that last time this idea was discussed,  
it didn't draw that much support.

> > Joost> Policy can be implemented for important packages to have at
> > Joost> least x friends.

Or else what? In any case, currently, the friends are listed in the debian- 
keyring.

> > Joost> People involved in porting can become a "friend" of the package
> > Joost> they are porting.

They don't need a Friends: listing for that, they can already do it today.


MfG Kai


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