Re: Bug#468183: ITP: monkey -- small webserver based on the HTTP/1.1 protocol
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On 02/28/08 20:02, William Pitcock wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-02-28 at 18:47 -0600, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
>> Even there, it looks very much like other "very small" webservers,
>> such as boa, bozohttpd, cherokee, fnord, lighttpd, micro-httpd,
>> mini-httpd or thttpd. What does it do better than any of them? Or
>> worse? Or different?
> Why does a package need to clarify what's different about it than others
> like it? Debian is about having the possibility of choosing between many
> options for the same thing e.g. openssh, dropbear for sshd, 12 different
> httpd options, etc.
Because when the long descriptions of many different "competing"
packages all say essentially the same thing, then those descriptions
> Package descriptions should stick to positive aspects of the package,
> and not try to draw comparisons towards other packages. IMO.
That's fine. But when it's something as relatively simple as a
small httpd, you need to spell out specifics as to why I should use
monkey instead of cherokee, boa, thttpd, fnord, etc.
The micro-httpd description is a good example.
> It seems to me as if you are trying to get people to justify the
> packages they want to work on. If that is the case, then, I think
> "because the person wants to use _this_ package" is fine. Infact, I
> would go as far as saying that the wide latitude of software options for
> a specific task is one of the greatest strengths of Debian.
It's not "why should you *package* this s/w", it's "convince me that
I should *use* this package".
> As such, I think the revised description is perfectly acceptable for
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
"(Women are) like compilers. They take simple statements and
make them into big productions."
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