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

On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 12:53:45AM +0300, Eugene V. Lyubimkin wrote:
> 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.

... says the man who thinks multiarch should be held up indefinitely because
a perl reimplementation of apt should take precedence.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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