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Re: Developer Behavior



On Mon, Jan 08, 2001 at 06:47:01PM +0200, Yotam wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 08, 2001 at 10:17:42AM -0600, Vince Mulhollon wrote:
> > 5) A Debian Developer will never knowingly run a production server on
> > "unstable" and will never encourage a non-developer to run "unstable"
> 
> Why shouldn't a developer encourage an ordinary user to run unstable?
> * It would speed up the bug finding process. (Don't mention testing, please)
> * For most users, unstable is stable enough for daily use.
> * Whether unstable should be used by ordinary users, is still somewhat 
> controversial. Until this is officially resolved, enforcing this restriction
> would result in a minor freedom deprivation.
> * Some may enjoy having a constant stream of newly added bugs, or maybe not.

Agreed. Bitching about problems in unstable is bad. Running unstable
is not necessarily evil.

We really should continue to leave such disgression up to developers,
as to whether they will encourage others to run unstable, for example.
A case where it might make sense to encourage someone to run unstable
is if it fixes a major bug or introduces features that they need and
the developer thinks that they are resonably competant.

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