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Re: (seemingly) declinging bug report numbers

]] Steve Langasek 

> On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 05:29:51PM +0200, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > This might be your impression.  It does not at all match my impression.
> > Quite a few upstreams thinks Debian are working contrary to their
> > design and their goals and are actively hindering adoption of their
> > software. If you're interested in examples, just take a look at how
> > rubygems was handled in Debian until wheezy and all the silliness
> > around node.js and /usr/bin/node.

(Just to be very clear: I'm reporting what I see other people are
saying. I am not saying I agree with them.)

> When, as in the case of node.js, upstream is antisocial and has an
> overinflated sense of self-importance, it's perfectly appropriate for
> Debian to work contrary to their design.  Our job is not to make
> upstreams happy, it's to make our *users* happy; and while being good
> Free Software citizens means we try to respect the wishes of upstreams
> as well, there are exceptions.

In some cases, making one set of users happy means making another set of
users unhappy, so it always comes down to tradeoffs.

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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