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Re: Very uneven distribution of packages per maintainer

On Fri, May 23, 2003 at 05:26:28PM -0700, Sean 'Shaleh' Perry wrote:
> >
> > Not necessarily -- some packages are a lot of work, like xfree, glibc,
> > apache, some are a decent amount of work, like mailman, cvs and some
> > are close to zero work, like chrpath and xslide.  People also have
> > different amounts of time available -- those who are paid to do Debian
> > maintainence at work will have more time than somebody who works 12
> > hours/day without any Debian work in there, etc.
> >
> > So, why do you think having a more even distribution is a good thing?
> > Or rather, why is the current situation so bad?
> >
> indeed.  Some packages are "worth" 10 "normal" packages in the amount of work 
> they require.
> Also, perhaps the script could deal with items like qa owning orphaned 
> packages and the like.

The script can't even get everything a Debian Developer does for Debian.
While most, if not all, active Debian Developers do packaging work,
there's other stuff to be done -- such as taking care of autobuilders,
being a sysadmin, ftp-master, listadmin, or release manager, doing
porters' work.

The work that's being done which does not involve "being listed as a
package's maintainer" is not to be underestimated...

Wouter Verhelst
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Nederlandstalige Linux-documentatie -- http://nl.linux.org
"An expert can usually spot the difference between a fake charge and a
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