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Re: Bits from the RM

On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 17:12:42 +0200
cobaco <cobaco@linux.be> wrote:

> KDE is not mission critical in the sense that when a user's KDE-instance
> crashes the KDE-instances of the other users will continue to run. Just
> like when -in that same organization with some thousands of X terminals-
> 1 X terminal has a hardware problem this is not a mission critical
> problem (for the organization, it may be considered a mission critical
> problem for the user of that particular terminal).

No. There's no reason an end user should be considered a second-class user
that gets buggy software simply because he's not at some large
organization. There's no reason why it's OK for there to be a mission
critical problem for ANY user, even if it's just one user. The end user
should not find packages that may have persistent, repeated bugs that
impair his ability to do what he wants with his system. The end user
should not find packages that cause data loss or have security bugs
because they were only tested for a couple weeks (on the 11 architectures
and with the other elements of the system). To the best of the developers'
ability, the stable releases of Debian are supposed to be STABLE, for all
packages, for all architectures, for all users, and for all known
purposes. This is not Debian: The Server Operating System.

And of course, don't forget that there can always exist bugs that will
cause the KDE instances of all of the users at this example organization.
If the users at the organization happen to use the same application
software for the same purposes, or are working on similar projects, then
the mission critical problems that occur for one individual user would
repeatedly occur for all users, and would impede or make impossible the
successful completion of whatever projects that organization is working

Chris Hagar
Chris Hagar

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