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Re: support for merged /usr in Debian

On Fri, Jan 08, 2016 at 01:31:12PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> What will kill Debian faster than anything else is to have every idea for
> changing something large, interesting, or possibly revolutionary in Debian
> be met with anger, derision, and attacks.

Hear, hear. I snipped out the rest of Russ's mail, but only for
brevity: I fully agree with all of it. Extremely well said, Russ.

I feel that there is fair bit of unresolved conflict sloshing around
the project. This happens when people have a disagreement, and it's
not handled properly on an emotional level: even though the
disagreement is resolved on a technical level, and a decision is made
and implemented, those who didn't agree with it don't get proper
emotional closure, they feel put upon and rejected, that their
concerns do not matter. It's like they are wounded, and the wound
never gets to heal, and if there's any future disagreement, the old
wound gets torn open again. That's not healthy.

In the Battlestar Galactica remake, they have a fleet-wide boxing
match, where anyone can challenge anyone regardless of rank, and they
hit each other and this somehow gives emotional closure. I do not
suggest this, since violence really isn't an answer, and even if it
were, losing a boxing match as well as an argument isn't going to give
closure. Resolving conflicts by having new conflicts isn't the

What could we do instead, to prevent and to handle these things?

Schrödinger's backup hypothesis: the condition of any backup is
undefined until a restore is attempted. -- andrewsh

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