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Re: Re: RFC: Making mail-transport-agent Priority: optional

Josh Triplett wrote:
> What would it take to make this change?
> I will happily work to coordinate this transition.

For me this thread raises two interesting questions. The first is the one
Josh asks above, which has not been answered. How do we make decisions
about the content of standard? How can that decision process be improved?

My other question comes from policy:

          These packages provide a reasonably small but not too limited
          character-mode system.  This is what will be installed by default
          if the user doesn't select anything else.  It doesn't include
          many large applications.

As I read this, it would be legal for tasksel, when the user selects the
desktop task, to *not* install standard, or not all of standard. It
could, for example, decide to drop the MTA. I'm curious what the
reaction to that would be, in both this specific and the general case.
Is it a compromise that allows us to keep standard full of unix goodness
while still catering to the desktop, or a greedy power grab?

(Other examples of the general case would be a Freedombox task that
didn't install a MTA, since the freedombox devs have decided to use some
other inter-user communication, IIRC -- or a specialized Debian Pure
blend that chose to not install standard at all.)

see shy jo

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