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Re: Very uneven distribution of packages per maintainer

On Sat, 24 May 2003 22:15, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> Because in Debian there is a few people with high "load" in debian,
> and many with less "load".  People with high load are more likely to
> burn out and disappear.  It is thus better to have more people with
> less load.
> Of course, the packages per developer is not a perfect indicator of
> "load", but it is an indicator.

Sometimes you can have an easy source package that produces several other 
packages.  Sometimes you can have a difficult source package that only 
produces one package.

Then there's the issue of upstream maintainers who are also Debian developers, 
being the active upstream developer can be enough work that developing any 
other Debian packages would take too much time.

Even if you had a metric for measuring the amount of work a developer was 
doing, that wouldn't gain you anything.  We can't force people who have a 
small number of packages to take on more work, and we don't want to 
discourage them from contributing altogether.

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