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Re: Bug#468183: ITP: monkey -- small webserver based on the HTTP/1.1 protocol



Le Saturday 01 March 2008 16:43:56 Ron Johnson, vous avez écrit :
> > I wish we had some more of this sort of thinking in our own project and a
> > little less of yours. Maybe then we'd have fewer bugs in the packages
> > people actually care about and use.
>
> I say we drop every WM & DE except GNOME, because that will simplify
> the distro, and lead to *much* fewer bugs!!!
>
>
> Obviously, what I just wrote is nonsense, and should never happen.
> Because FLOSS *is* about choice.
>
> However... it is perfectly reasonable for a distro to say, "We can
> not be all things to all people, so some limits have to be set, and
> some users/DDs will be disappointed."

Sure.

The fact is, I don't think we have bugs because we have too much choice, but 
because we don't have enough manpower.

So, previous mail was pointing a real issue, "lack of manpower and (hence) too 
many bugs", but giving a false anwser, "less/limited choice".

Basically, a package has bugs because the maintainer or upstream is not 
reponsive/available/..., not because there are too much *choice*.

It is also pointed out that there are central places, like security fixes, 
where having too many packages leads to too much work. Sure, but again, it's 
not related to choice, but to the overall size of the distribution. Here 
again, the solution is not "less choice", but "more people".

I think too that we should care about how many different similar software we 
include, but it's important to point out the real issues.

Now, if you really want to see how choice is already one aspect of the system, 
just search through apt-get for "yet another" you'll be suprised to see how 
many packages are presented initially as "yet another foo-bar"...

Romain


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