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Every piece of Free Software? Re: New-maintainer - STOP THAT SHIT



On Sun, Jan 14, 2001 at 10:06:34PM -0900, Britton wrote:
> Finally, the debian packageing scheme allows for a high degree of parallel
> development, and it needs to, since we aspire to put a wrapper around
> every single piece of useful free software we can find.  True, we have a
> massive influx of NMs, but there is a massive influx of useful free
> software, and we need to accept NMs at a corresponding rate if we want to
> keep up.

I'm not sure that's a good thing. There seems to be a lot of stuff
packaged for the sake of packaging stuff. For example, as a
would-be new maintainer, I've packaged fspanel. I've played a little bit
with fspanel, but I don't use it in my normal desktop setup. It's
trivial to build and is never going to be used by many people. But I
packaged it because I needed a package, and it was a feasible first
package. From a lot of the stuff I've seen packaged recently, I'm not
the only person to do this. 

(I almost deleted this as anti-NM cannon-fodder. May I point that a
@debian.org address will be a nuisance, aliased to my current one, and
forgotten?)

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David Starner - dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org
http://dvdeug.dhis.org
And crawling, on the planet's face, some insects called the human race.
Lost in space, lost in time, and meaning.
	-- RHPS

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