Re: real LSB compliance
>>"Theodore" == Theodore Tso <email@example.com> writes:
Theodore> On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 11:34:51PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> You shall certainly get some volunteers, but only if things
>> are still fixable (anything written in stone does not sound very
Theodore> Stuff isn't written in stone, but making changes is (truth to tell)
Theodore> much harder than it was four weeks ago, since the whole point in
Theodore> having a standard is maintaining compatibility. So the bar for
Theodore> justifying changes has been rasied, but if there are sound technical
Theodore> reasons (as opposed to individual Debian users throwing temper
Theodore> tantrums), changes *can* be made.
Theodore> One thing which is somewhat personally frustrating in terms
Theodore> of LSB and working with Debian is that it's hard to find
Theodore> anyone who can actually speak for Debian in any kind of
Theodore> binding way. So suppose we get some volunteers, and they
Theodore> help out with the LSB, and we come up with a released LSB
Theodore> 1.1 --- is that going to be any different from the
Theodore> situation we have now?
If you do things the same old way, I am quite certain things
will not be any different. However, there are ways of working with
Debian -- firstly, one can send a message to debian-policy and
debian-devel when the LSB is entering a review process. One can find
a volunteer to feed major proposed changes to the LSB to -policy and
-devel for comment.
You need to realize that Debian is indeed different, and it is
unlikely to get a subset of people that can ``represent'' Debian in
something as far reaching as the LSB directives seem to be. Even your
example of the government was not on the mark, since we have not had
a fully participatory democratic government since the Greek city
If the LSB is interested in Debian ratification, it must need
make an effort to engage the whole project, not just get a few people
who also happen to be Debian developers,
Of course the LSB project may decide this is too onerous a
task, and then we are left with the status Quo.
A computer salesman visits a company president for the purpose of
selling the president one of the latest talking computers. Salesman:
"This machine knows everything. I can ask it any quesstion and it'll
give the correct answer. Computer, what is the speed of light?"
Computer: 186,282 miles per second. Salesman: "Who was the first
president of the United States?" Computer: George
Washington. President: "I'm still not convinced. Let me ask a
question. Where is my father?" Computer: Your father is fishing in
Georgia. President: "Hah!! The computer is wrong. My father died over
twenty years ago!" Computer: Your mother's husband died 22 years
ago. Your father just landed a twelve pound bass.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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