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Re: Debian joining OASIS?

On Mon, Mar 11, 2002 at 03:49:03PM -0500, Mark Johnson wrote:
> On Monday, March 11, Martin WHEELER wrote:
> > I see a possible/probable snag here.
> > 
> > Debian developer status is restricted to hairy programmer types.
> My mistake: I should've said every _member_ of the Debian project. 
> Hairy developer status is not required. Only membership.
> Your point is valid if the only "members" of the organization known as
> the Debian Project are those with the official title of
> "developer". If this is indeed the case, then of course I withdraw my
> offer, as I am only a humble maintainer and my $250 donation to
> Debian's membership then wouldn't even get me an OASIS
> membership. (Hey, I'm not that generous.) That can't be how it
> works. If it is, it's absurd:)
> Maintainers are members, right?

"Debian maintainer" is the same as "Debian developer", apart from
sponsored package maintainers (of which you're not one).

I'd say that the normal interpretation of "member of the Debian Project"
would be anyone with a key in the Debian keyring, i.e. Debian
developers. This can certainly include documenters as well as
programmers, although it's a little less conventional and a little more
difficult for people to join for reasons other than packaging, mainly
because the number of people available to mentor them and check their
work is much smaller.

To answer one of Martin's points further up the thread, there are some
developers whose main interests lie in documentation systems. For
instance, I have man-db and groff - completely at the other end of the
scale from XML, and I wouldn't have much use for OASIS membership
myself, but there must be other people with the same kind of focus.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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