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Re: Spending Debian money for porter boxes [Was: The archive now supports xz compression]

On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 6:59 PM, Stefano Zacchiroli <leader@debian.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:45:18PM +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
>> > Wouldn't it be better to get more buildds for those archs, then?
>> > That would be a totally appropriate use of Debian money...
>> Speaking of which. It would also totally be an appropriate use of Debian
>> money to get new porter boxes that fit the buildds. Most of the non x86
>> porter boxes are pathetically slow, which is even sadder when you know
>> the buildd boxes for the same architectures are an order of magnitude
>> faster (and I'm almost not exagerating).
> I concur and I'll be happy to approve such usage of Debian money. FWIW,
> what is needed to make this kind of things happen is not really money.
> What is missing is rather a bit of coordination of people that: 1) keep
> track of what hardware we need,

Could this point tracked using a special package on the bts (or a tag)
? It will also help for finding printing device with hard to reproduce

Bug that depend of this need to by blocked by hardware bug.

2) take the time to do a first check if
we have vendors interested in donating that hardware,

Using (abusing) tag upstream on the bts ?

3) fallback to get
a quote of the needed hardware,

using tag fixed-upstream ?

4) get back to the DPL saying "we need
that and it costs XXX, can we have it?"

Using tag confirmed ?
> That sort of hw coordination is what we need at present. Without it,
> just saying "$foo would be a good use of Debian money" won't fly.
> And while we are at it, DSA is well aware of the need of such a role and
> I've on my TODO list to call for help for people interested on working
> together with DSA on the above topics. I was planning to mention it in
> the forthcoming bits from the DPL, but I guess that repeating it here
> won't hurt...
> Any taker?
> Cheers.
> PS Cc:-ing -admin that can for sure explain better than me what the hw
>   coordination role should be about
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