Re: Bug#484009: removed bugs are marked as 'obsolete'
On Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 02:31:22AM -0700, Mike Bird wrote:
> (2) To a user who wishes to use a working feature of an imperfect
> package, Debian is better with the imperfect package than
> without: MISSING PACKAGE < IMPERFECT PACKAGE < PERFECT PACKAGE.
> This is true even if the imperfect package has an avoidable
> publicized security bug.
...for a certain subclass of _powerusers_ who are willing to
walk through a minefield using buggy software. For more typical
endusers, buggy and unreliable software is a just big source of
frustration. For the people willing to live the betaware life,
there is still unstable out there. The potential damage caused
by buggy software, atleast if the user hasn't made a conscious
choice of using "beta" software, is massive.
 One of the well known software antipatterns - The user learns
a very specific route of clicks through the application will make
it not crash, and the user will stick to that.
"rm -rf" only sounds scary if you don't have backups