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Re: Successful and unsuccessful Debian development tools

On Sun, Jul 30, 2006 at 09:39:26PM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
> Dear fellow developers,
> As many of you know, I am conducting research on Debian,
> specifically on how Debian developers adopt or reject new methods of
> package maintenance. I would like to get a broad collection of data
> for the first part of my research, which is the study of tools that
> have been successfully adopted or which have been rejected (so to
> speak) by the developer crowd.
> While I already have a good selection, I am on the look for more.
> Do you know of a good example of a tool that has successfully shaped
> Debian development for a large number of people? Or do you remember
> a tool that tried but horribly failed? Those are much harder to
> find. :)
> I have Reply-To set for fear of horrible flame wars when one DD
> bashes another one's favourite tool, but I will make the results
> public, obviously. Thus, I appreciate if you could take the time to
> drop me a short note if you have an opinion on the matter.
> I will be blogging about recent developments some time soon,
> specifically about the change in direction of my research, so watch
> [0] or just read the planet [1] if you are interested.

Subversion, in conjunction with alioth, has risen dramatically in Debian to
accomodate team-based maintainance. There are of course plenty of
challengers, but subversion seems to beat them all.

Also, pbuilder and debootstrap are considered absolutely critical for
serious work.

In terms of failed tools, yada seems to generate a lot of dislike.

 - David Nusinow

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