On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:12:46PM -0800, Adam McKenna wrote: > On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 11:49:52AM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote: > > For everyone else, they can use the publically-available tools to create > > their own apt-gettable archive. While lowering the barriers to entry > > might give more people warm fuzzies, this is no way to protect the > > quality of the Debian distribution. > This may be true, but you also need people to do the work, and if there > aren't enough (active) people in Debian now who are willing to do the work, > then it's probably time for some new blood. If we had all of the manpower we > needed, then we probably would not have let two years pass without a release. This makes two assumptions which I don't believe to be true: * A significant number of people who are unable to find sponsors or unable to get through the current NM process would, if able, make contributions which decrease the deficit of available developer hours versus workload. * Preparation for a release is parallelizable to the same degree as package management. Once again, being strict with the requirements for becoming a developer may not give people warm fuzzies, but it also doesn't restrict them from working on Debian, either. I see no reason to think that someone who can't figure out how to submit patches to the BTS now will magically start doing so once we give them a badge and teach them a secret handshake. Steve Langasek postmodern programmer  I allow for the possibility that some good contributors have difficulty finding a sponsor, but eventually do find one. Even here, however, it's useful to note how many not-yet-sponsored packages are new ITPs versus orphaned or RFP'ed software.
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