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Re: Unofficial projects related with Debian.

On Fri, May 23, 2003 at 07:37:21PM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> The fact a project is hosted somewhere usually imply some special
> relations to his host.


> So even if, for Debian people, being hosted on www.debian.org is not a
> reliable indicator, it's highly possible that many persons rely on it.

Well, I don't mean to say that my Debian Jr. project is "not official" and
therefore people shouldn't rely on it.  Rather, my point is that where the
project is hosted shouldn't indicate that a project *isn't* "official".

If, for example, any project started by any Debian Developer in good 
standing which has been acknowledged by the community as making a positive 
contribution to Debian is deemed an "official" project, the developer
shouldn't be forced to host it anywhere in particular, but rather should 
have the choice to host it wherever is convenient.

That being said, I do believe we need a better (more comprehensive) list of
such projects with higher visibility on the web site.  But that list will 
likely consist of pointers both to www.d.o and other sites 
(people.debian.org, alioth, and *.debian.net being a few popular 

> Not being hosted on www.debian.org does not make an official project
> unofficial but being hosted on www.debian.org will probably 
> make it in some manner official for (maybe) a lot of visitors.


> I do not say that's a problem, I don't know, it's up to you. My point
> is just the fact that the host name is not something completely free
> (as beer!)

I don't think there's a problem here.  By mentioning that my project is a
"personal project" I just meant to underline that to be accepted as a Debian
subproject has very informal criteria.  I think this is a good thing.  As
such, I am against making hosting a project on a particular site a
requirement to bless it with "official" status.

Was that a bit more clear?

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