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Re: Bug#684396: ITP: openrc -- alternative boot mechanism that manages the services, startup and shutdown of a host

On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:41:15PM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le samedi 18 août 2012 à 17:40 +0200, Marc Haber a écrit : 
> > On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:50:43 +0200, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org>
> > wrote:
> > >Please explain again why we should cripple the Linux port for the sake
> > >of toy ports?
> > 
> > Because Debian prides itself in being Universal regarding ports and
> > architectures. It is a real pity that we still have members who didn't
> > understand this.
> Silly me. I thought Debian prided itself in being universal regarding
> usage. Of course we should prioritize universality in terms of technical
> details, not in terms of being useful. I stand corrected.
Quite.  I tend to assume that most people working on Debian do so
either because it's fun or, less commonly, because they are paid to do
so (or sometimes both).  Some area of work that is intellectually or
materially rewarding for one developer may not be for others.

I don't think we should expect other developers to spend any large
amount of time to help with our own pet projects, except in so far as
they benefit 'our users and the free software community', which I take
to mean collective interests (i.e. numbers matter).  Right now, most
package maintainers can provide more benefit to more users by working
on bugs that affect x86, than by spending that same time investigating
even the most serious problems on some other architecture.  Of course
they should not stand in the way of porters and should be ready to
answer questions and apply reasonable patches.


Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus

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