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

2012/8/10 Josselin Mouette wrote:

>> Please explain why adding another sysv-rc drop-in replacements cripples
>> the Linux port.
> Because being able to choose between alternatives for core features such
> as the init system only brings more bugs and no added value.

Sorry, I don't understand this point.

If it's about just adding more bugs without bringing anything good
with it — sure, it's a bad idea.

But as long as:
1. It breaks nothing for existing installations (i.e. does not
change defaults, does not break existing custom scripts, even
is not installed by default)
2. It has something, that is not provided by other packages,
meaning, it makes someone happy. (!)
3. There's someone willing to maintain it and fix the bugs.

As long as all 3 points are true — why not? ;)
I would apply these points to every ITP, not just openrc.

PS: IMHO, saying things like "Linux is not about choice" and
"Debian is not about being universal" just scares maintainers
and users away from debian, and brings nothing good instead.
If people become happy fixing bugs in their own toy ports —
let them work! More happy people is good for debian, isn't it?


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