XFree 4.2.0 - again
Hi! (it's my first post here)
You are probably sick and tired of this topic, but ...
IT'S A QUARTER YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 4.2.0 RELEASE!
Yes, it really has been three (3) months (!) since it was released.
Time to throw some gasoline on the flames ... Branden apparently is
incapable of releasing it. So, I suggest that anyone, with enough
knowledge and TIME, reading this, would volunteer as XFree package
maintainer. Branden's comments suggest that he just doesn't have enough
time for that.
Before you all start flaming and bashing me..
No, I am NOT willing to prepare and release that package. I know next to
nothing about Debian internals, and I don't have enough time either
(with my other projects and a dayjob). Anyway THIS IS NO REASON for me
to "shut the fuck up" (to quote Branden's welcome-pic, which I have been
weekly refreshing for couple of months now). I am just saying what other
developers don't dare to say, as it might damage and rip apart their
magic castle. This risk must be taken, or Debian may die anyhow.
Of course, if no-one else is capable of maintaining that package, Debian
is in trouble. In that case I suggest hiring a paid programmer for the
job (if that should happen, I am willing to donate). XF is way too
essential component to be ignored like this. Anyway, no-one will
volunteer as long as Branden is officially working on it, so I suggest
that the first thing to do is getting rid of him. He can freely continue
working with smaller projects, but XF is way too big for him, with his
limited resources (time).
Another solution *I* (yes, my opinion only) could accept would be
Branden re-evaluating his values, devoting more time for Debian. As a
proof of that he should release 4.2.0 in one week (the deadline would be
2002-04-23) and make sure that new releases also get deb'ed in time. Yet
another option, of course, would be Branden directly naming his successor.
Now you can start bashing me.
- Tronic -
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