Re: Debian Organization
On Sun, Feb 03, 2002 at 01:09:28AM -0500, Stephen Robertson wrote:
> I've been following with some interest the recent discussions regarding
> the release of Woody and the problems that must still be overcome. In
> my opinion, Debian is becoming unmaintainable. There are way too many
> packages; many of them are probably used by very few users. It's
> become too easy for a new package to get added to the system. Debian is
> losing it's focus. Instead of developing a complete Unix-like operating
> system, it seems likes it's now just distributing a lot of useless
> software. I'm fast losing interest in Debian, and I think the Debian
> project needs to re-evaluate it's priorities. Mechanisms need to be put
> in place to make it more difficult to add software to the archive.
> Packages that serve only a tiny audience should be removed from the
> archive. Orphaned packages, unless they serve a critical need of the
> system as a whole, should also be removed. If developers want to
> distribute their software, let them upload them to an FTP server, or
> create an account on SourceForge. Unless a software package adds some
> significant to new feature or functionality to the operating system as a
> whole, it shouldn't be added to the archive. If something is not done
> soon, Debian will eventually reach a point where it is no longer
> maintainable due to the overwhelming number of packages it provides.
You know, I bet we get an email like this about once every two or three
weeks, since as long as I can remember (for several years).
People (not talking to Stephen directly), stating the obvious has zero
effect. How about putting up code/fully thought out proposals, instead
of starting this thread time and time again.
/ Ben Collins -- Debian GNU/Linux -- WatchGuard.com \
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