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Re: Maintainer qualification

>>"Torsten" == Torsten Landschoff <torsten@debian.org> writes:

 Torsten> On Mon, Jan 22, 2001 at 08:13:57AM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
 >> You should always be able to backport a patch.  If not, I'm sorry, but that
 >> this should be one quality of a Debian maintainer, you lack something...

 Torsten> You must be kidding.

	I didn't think he was. I guess it is a measure of how the
 project has changed that such a statement can be regarded with such

 Torsten> We can't expect from any maintainer the ability to be able
 Torsten> to modify the code of their packages.

	We can, and we should: how else can you actually improve the
 quality of Debian unless improving our packages is not an integral
 part of it? We are more than glorified packagers. 

 Torsten> At least that is the impression I got when joining Debian -
 Torsten> we are packaging software, not developing it. If the
 Torsten> maintainer develops the software as well that is a nice
 Torsten> bonus but I don't think that this is really needed.

	Then we differ on this issue. 

 Torsten> I don't think that I would be able to do a security fix for
 Torsten> mozilla or to some gs internals for example.

	An ability to do a security fix is a far cry from having
 the basic skills to ``modify the code of their packages''. If you
 can't do the latter, you can't even evaluate the quality of fixes
 being submitted to you, and your package is likely to suffer.

	Have we accepted that mediocrity is really our lot? What
 happened to the quest for excellence? I joined an effort to create
 the *BEST* distribution of linux, not merely a feel good, prolific

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