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Re: Bug#484129: release.debian.org: packages in tasks should be fixed in priority and removed in last resort after discussion

On Mon June 2 2008 11:44:46 Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> See it the other way around: it shows testing the way stable could be if
> nothing is done. I'm all for removing buggy packages early in the
> release cycle: it makes it less likely that we release without a package
> that many users need, because it was removed too late in the release
> cycle, and it allow bug fixers to focus on bugs that we really,
> absolutely need to fix to be able to release.

A thing is best characterized by what it does and how it
is used rather than by the name we associate with it.  For
a moment let's recall what Testing really is for most
Debian users - Testing is the "Debian Desktop Edition".
Stable works well on older hardware, particularly servers,
but it's just not usable for most desktops and laptops.

The unnecessary holes in Testing are not merely a device
to coerce DDs into fixing RC bugs.  They make Debian harder
to use, harder to test, and harder to improve.  Debian
would be better without these holes.

There are better processes for reducing RC counts and
improving Debian without crippling "Debian Desktop Edition".

--Mike Bird

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