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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:
> How can the phone call test any better whether the person is sincere? 

Personally, I thought it was very cool to be woken up with "There's some
guy from Germany who wants to talk to you."

I dunno if it's true or not, but it's nice that there're a couple of
more "normal" connections between developers than just "yeah, this guy
has a valid email address". Debian's built on friendship and trust ---
heck, it's one of the few places I've seen where 9 times out of 10 an
argument ends with "Ah well, at least we agree about free software and
quality. I guess we can live with disagreeing about [foo]." I dunno if
it's the One True Way of doing it, but phone calls don't seem a bad way
of keeping this sort of tradition.

There're also plenty of other things you can do to help out Debian
while you're not a maintainer. Answering questions on -user, writing
documentation, working out patches to some of the open bugs. I can't
promise anything, but I suspect the person who's willing to throw
themselves into Debian even without a nifty @debian.org address will be
looked on in a better light.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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       ``There's nothing worse than people with a clue.
             They're always disagreeing with you.'' 
                                 -- Andrew Over

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