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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:14:36PM +0100, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le vendredi 20 mars 2009 à 14:02 +0000, Noah Slater a écrit :
> > If we were suggesting some totally arbitrary and time consuming task, then I
> > could understand your concerns. However, you should be checking each file as a
> > part of your packaging, all that is being requested is that you document this
> > for the FTP masters and our users.
> >
> > The focus here should be on producing quality software, with a rigorous and open
> > process, so that people can be confident that what we're shipping is totally
> > free software. Cutting corners to save a bit of time, simply because a package
> > is large, does not seem to fit well with this goal. Hence my suggestion that if
> > a package you are maintaining seems like too much work, perhaps it would make
> > sense to collaboratively maintain it.
> What is your problem? Do you want to see whether Mike can become violent
> if you press him hard enough, or is it another kind of experiment?

Why do you find it necessary to be so aggressive with me?

I fail to see which part of my argument you think is inflammatory or ridiculous:

  * It is already your responsibility as a Debian package maintainer to
    thoroughly check each and every file for copyright and licensing issues.

  * If you maintain a large package, this must already be a burden for you.

  * Documenting this process in a text file does not seem like much extra work.

  * Complaining that you would have to check every single file implies that you
    don't already check every single file, which you should be doing.

  * Therefor, complaining that this is hard work and collaborators are hard to
    come by, seems like a completely orthogonal issue to the copyright proposal.

This doesn't mean that I am doubting how much work the bigger packages are, or
that it isn't hard finding collaborators. I have a lot of respect for the people
who offer there time to get this job done. On the other hand, this rationally
has nothing to do with the copyright proposal, presuming that everyone is
already following policy.


Noah Slater, http://tumbolia.org/nslater

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