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Re: Bits from the Release Team - Kicking off Wheezy

On Mon, May 02, 2011 at 09:13:31AM +0200, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt wrote:
> Hai!
> Pierre Habouzit <madcoder@madism.org> writes:
> > On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 12:28:06PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> >> Size is just one ingredient. There are plenty of other ways to diminish
> >> barrier to deploy big changes in Debian: wider commit access rights,
> >> larger VCS repositories, more liberal NMUs, etc. (Unsurprisingly,
> >> several Debian derivatives have decide to pursue those other ways and
> >> one might argue that they have done so learning from Debian experience.)
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > Oh yes, you really want to "attract" new contributors ? build debhub.com
> > (as in github) and force everyone to package stuff in there.
> Ehm, forcing people to use a certain VCS is usually a good way to _lose_
> contributors...

I'm not forcing the use of the VCS, more like some infrastructure to
host packages if you want, during the development, so that it's easier
to track, and not in its source-only form as what matters to users is
actually the binary form. Which is missing nowadays.

And I disagree, we may lose a few, but it can improve efficiency making
it a stable operation, and I think having more standardized ways to look
at packages and contribute to the packaging will lower the entry to
help. But to be fair, this was an idea I developped in a bout 2 hours of
time, it's bound to have deficiencies :)

·O·  Pierre Habouzit
··O                                                madcoder@debian.org
OOO                                                http://www.madism.org

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