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Re: Survey answers part 3: systemd is not portable and what this means for our ports

On Sun, 14 Jul 2013, Marco d'Itri wrote:

being worked on by a student, so its too late to voice any concerns now
as this is just slapping the student right across the face. Its at least
I am quite sure that the quality of Debian and its continued viability
as a modern OS is way more important than anybody's feelings.

Sorry, I have to respond to this -- I have no strong opinions about init systems, but I do have strong opinions about how Debian treats new contributors.

The quality of Debian and its continued viability as a modern OS is directly dependent on people being willing to work on it, and the actions of Debian towards new contributors will last far longer than any technical decision today. And people's feelings impact their retention as contributors.

It's not very meaningful to say that a thing is more important than another thing that it depends on.

And if it turns out that systemd is today necessary for Debian's "viability as a modern OS", there are ways for the project to make that decision without being rude to folks who have been working on other systems (and, of course, without them being rude to folks working on systemd either). The objection is to the manner in which the statement was made; it was not a claim about the truth of the statement.

Geoffrey Thomas

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