Re: [New maintainer] Working for Debian and becoming a registered Debian developer
On Thu, Jul 22, 1999 at 01:57:35PM -0400, Carl Mummert wrote:
> Isn't that why a current developer has to sign the new deveoper's
A signature from a current developer is not required - at least wasn't
when I was accepted in January.
> Or so I would think... my point was that there is all this social baggage
> holding the distribution back.
> I can verify if you require that, at least twice in the past week, someone
> asking how to be a new maintainer wsa told, on this list, that 'they will
> be more likely to accept you if you work on a wnpp'.
Were these statements from the new-maintainer team?
> There is control over who joins: You have to verify your identity with a
> current member before you can join, and you have to swear that
> you uphold the idea of free software, etc.
I was not required to swear anything before I joined.
> There is control over who stays: you have to upload packages, keep them
> current, fix the bugs. If you don't, I assume there is a way to remove
> idle developers from the list.
Assumptions are dangerous. AFAIK, no developer has been removed from
the project because of idleness.
> That is pure hyperbole, and intended
> only to throw the discussion off track.
No, it is not. I mentioned a hypothetical takeover by MS to make a valid
abstract concern concrete. I don't expect the potential to actualise
Is MS the Linux community's trigger for Godwin's Law? I hope not.
MS is not responsible for mass deaths.
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