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choice in core infrastructure decisions (Re: Bug#684396: ITP: openrc -- alternative boot mechanism)

On 2012-08-10 09:09, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > Le vendredi 10 août 2012 à 17:04 +0900, heroxbd@gentoo.org a écrit : 
> > > > Debian is about the freedom to choose.
> No, it really isn't.  It's about creating a technically excellent operating
> system that meets our users needs.
> Developers need the freedom to *make* autonomous technical choices as part
> of the process of making Debian technically excellent; and in some cases the
> answer for meeting our users needs is "both".  But this latter argument does
> not apply to core infrastructure decisions, and arguing that Debian is
> *about* the freedom to choose is missing the point.

Declaring "one area -- one chosen tool" is declaring the monopoly in the
area. As with other monopolies, this often leads to "vendor" lock-in,
stagnation, stopping developing the standards. Have seen examples of all
that occasionally.

I believe this hurts Debian (or any other project which chose to
not accept choices in certain areas) in the long run and don't fit to
'making [...] technically excellent' well.


Eugene V. Lyubimkin aka JackYF, JID: jackyf.devel(maildog)gmail.com
C++ GNU/Linux userspace developer, Debian Developer

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