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Re: Bug#265762: ITP: tpop3d -- tpop3d is a fast, extensible, secure UNIX POP3 server

On Sun, 2004-08-15 at 09:01, Andreas Barth wrote:
> Is there any reason why tpop3d should be better than any of those? And
> if so, which of these servers can we drop IYO? Please don't understand
> me wrong, but we already have an incredible amount of software in
> Debian. If I look at the list of orphaned packages, or at the list of
> long-standing RC-bugs (currently 167 in sarge, much more in sid), than
> it seems sometimes to me that we have too many than too less packages.
> Please don't take this personal. It's not meant as an vote about your
> package, but more like a general remark that's also valid for this
> package.

It might be the wrong approach to add comments like this to an ITP of somebody
who just wants to add a new, maybe better software package to Debian.

Every new software package exists because of a reason and a certain need, that the
other ones before it didn't solve, so there is no sense in "blocking" against
packages because "we allready have so many".

It is exactly the freedom of choice, that makes Debian so good.

Anyhow, sure, orphaned packages and RC bugs need to be taken care of, more seriously
and maybe it is just a matter of making a smaller selection of pictures from the "bigger"
picture and leaving the rest on download ressources (deb repositories) for download
if needed, but not as part of the Debian CD Distribution.

Anyhow, if people don't add new software to Debian, no matter how many programs of the
same type there allready exist, how should Debian renew itself ?

I think, it would be more important to exclude packages, that simply don't get their RC bugs
fixed, is possible. If they not are fixed, then the package maybe isn't important enough.
If the package is being used by someone, they will surely push to keep it in there.

Just my .02c

Kind regards,
Martin List-Petersen

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