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

On fredagen den 29 februari 2008, 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.
> Package descriptions should stick to positive aspects of the package,
> and not try to draw comparisons towards other packages. IMO.

You seem to think that being the maintainer of a package in Debian means 
marketing it among competing packages, trying to sell it to the user with 
fluffy sales talk. If so, you couldn't be more wrong. Being a maintainer 
means cooperating with other maintainers to deliver a free software 
distribution that is as good as possible as a whole. That means helping the 
user choose among similar packages by pointing out not only the strengths but 
also the limitations and weaknesses.

Magnus Holmgren        holmgren@lysator.liu.se
                       (No Cc of list mail needed, thanks)

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