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Re: Unsupported Debian [was: Re: [New maintainer] Working for De

On Thu, Aug 05, 1999 at 11:31:26AM -0700, David Starner was heard to say:
> >Someone from the new-maintainer team, or the project leader, is
> >probably reading these lines. If you do, please, can you step out of
> >the shade and explain the situation? Please don't regard this comment
> >as a flame or troll or whatever. I really sincerely want to know
> >what's going on. There must be *someone* who can tell! So please do!
> Yes. I was planning on sending in an application as soon as I could get
> back to college and find Paul Thompson. But it may not be worth my trouble
> if they aren't to accept it until Potato is released, which may be the end
> of the year.

  If I may add my two cents here..

  I'm in the same situation -- I'd like to apply, but from reading debian-devel
(this isn't the first time the issue has come up) it seems that Debian isn't
allowing new people to join or that new-maintainer is overworked and can't
handle the load.  If the problem is that you don't want inexperienced
maintainers uploading broken packages just before a freeze, perhaps you could
allow them to upload to experimental until the freeze occurs?  If this policy
is what's being used, it means that (since Debian seems to spend almost all
its time either frozen or preparing for a freeze) the window during which
applications aren't sent to /dev/null is rather small.  (or are new maintainers
admitted after the freeze and told to upload to the new unstable?)

  So far I've seen lots of speculation from developers and
applicants/prospective applicants who are in the dark and don't know anything
(myself included :) ), one or two comments from developers who seem to know what
s going on saying that applications aren't accepted near a freeze/release, and
a deafening silence from the high-ups and new-maintainer team. (unless I missed
an 'official' post)  Is there anyone who can explain what's going on?


Anything that can go wrong, wfortune: segmentation fault, core dumped

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